New Delhi, January 16: After a day-long visit to Taj Mahal in Agra and talks with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed back to Delhi to inaugurate Raisina Dialogue, the annual flagship geo-politics conference, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Also Read - 'Seva Hi Sangathan': PM Modi Praises Bihar, Rajasthan BJP Workers For Relief Work Amid Pandemic
“The alliance of democracies is important to secure our common future, I believe possibilities are endless,” Netanyahu said, adding what he called the “lessons of Jewish history”. “The weak don’t survive. You make an alliance with the strong,” said Netanyahu, who is on a six-day visit to India. Also Read - Another Indian Expat Falls Asleep in The Same Terminal at Dubai, Misses Flight to Kerala
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- Netanyahu who is the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India after Ariel Sharon in 2003 said, “You (PM Modi) were the first leader to come to Israel in 3,000 years. We believe in India as much as you believe in Israel”. He further added, “How we can strengthen our two nations in civilian, security and in every area”.
- “I was astounded to know that Prime Minister Modi has moved India in the scale of ease of doing business 42 places in three years,” Netanyahu said while addressing the inaugural session of the third annual Raisina Dialogue in Delhi.
- He also talked about education and the Israeli Defence Force where young people are taught and trained.
- “India is one of the world’s most populous democracies. Its place that shows humanity can be governed with the freedom that we can secure rights of people, ability to think, speak and believe what we want; society is pluralistic and diverse, free like Israel. Democracy is most important value. Democracies bind and connect to each other in natural ways,” he added.
- On Tuesday morning, Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu visited Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The Mughal monument was closed for two hours during Netanyahu’s visit.
- At the Kheria airport, Netanyahu was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and was given a traditional welcome by Braj folk artists. At Hotel Amar Vilas the two leaders spent some time before leaving for the monument in golf carts.
- After the meeting ended, UP CM said they had wide-ranging discussions that included technology, water conservation, agriculture and solid waste management.
- On Wednesday morning, Netanyahu, accompanied by PM Modi, will visit Gujarat, where they are expected to hold a roadshow on way to Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram in Sabarmati. Later they will inaugurate the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad and visit a Startup Exhibition.
- On Thursday, Netanyahu will visit Mumbai, where he will a memorial for 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims at the Chabad House.
- Eleven-year-old Moshe Holtzman, who lost his parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka Holtzberg, in the attack, is already in Mumbai to attend the event.
- Netanyahu is also expected to meet some to meet some of the actors and directors from Bollywood. The two nations have signed a deal on co-production of films. Bollywood films are hugely popular in Israel.
- On Monday, India and Israel signed nine agreements, including ones on cooperation in the oil and gas sector and co-production of films. PM Modi and Netanyahu also held bilateral meetings that covered a number of issues of mutual interest.
- India and Israel have also decided to work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for.
- The Israeli premier, who is on a six-day visit to India, is accompanied by his wife Sara and a 130-member delegation from various sectors, including cyber, agriculture and defence.