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India’s Modi meets Israel President Rivlin in Jerusalem

STORY: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (July 05) met Israel President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem and discussed ways to boost relations between the two nations.

The bonhomie between the two leaders was evident as Rivlin broke protocol to greet Modi outside at the presidential residence.

Rivlin recalled his visit to India last year during the meeting and hailed Modi as “one of the greatest democratic leaders of the world”.

Modi described the ties between the two nations as “I for I and I with I” and said the two countries would continue to work together in various fields.

The meeting with Rivlin was a part of Modi’s three-day visit to Israel in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length.

India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran – upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil – and its large Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, even as it quietly pursued ties with Israel.

But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving military relationship. He will hold three days of talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature “Make in India” drive, officials in Delhi and Tel Aviv said.

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