STORY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s western home-state of Gujarat rolled out the red carpet for his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday (January 17) who took part in a grand roadshow in Ahmedabad city.
Modi received Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, at the airport. From there the prime ministers travelled in a motorcade to Sabarmati Ashram, a hermitage which was set up by Mahatma Gandhi – an icon of the Indian independence movement.
Reportedly, the leaders were originally supposed to ride in an open-top vehicle. However, it was changed due to security reasons. Folk artists performed along the eight kilometer-long route of the roadshow and thousands lined the roads amid tight security.
Netanyahu, accompanied by a 130-member delegation on his six-day India visit, is scheduled to visit the financial capital Mumbai on Thursday (January 18). The two countries have grown closer since Modi took office in 2014, widening commercial cooperation beyond their longstanding defence ties. Modi became the first sitting Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel last summer.