PM Modi to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
Tel Aviv, Jul 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on 2nd day of his visit to Israel.
The personal chemistry and the warmth between Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were apparent not only in their prepared remarks but also their repeated hugs.
Reflecting the importance that Israel is according to the first visit by an Indian prime minister since Israel's establishment 70 years ago, the host nation pulled out all stops to welcome Modi -- Netanyahu broke protocol to come to the Ben Gurion airport, an honour reserved only for the US President and the Pope; Netanyahu's entire Cabinet was also present as were representatives of various religious orders.
In their prepared speeches, both leaders described each other as, "my friend" and embraced each other three times.
"Aapka swagat hai, mere dost (welcome, my friend)," Netanyahu said in Hindi, adding, "We love India." Modi responded by speaking a few words in Hebrew, "Shalom (hello), I am happy to be here."