- Title: India's Modi calls for 'new chapter' in ties with Israel
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JULY 05, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI AND ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ENTERING ROOM CAMERA SCREEN SHOWING OFFICIALS EXCHANGING BILATERAL AGREEMENTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "I have a feeling that today, India and Israel are changing our world, and maybe changing parts of the world, because this is a cooperation, it's a marriage, really made in heaven but we're implementing it here on earth. We discussed in our meetings yesterday and today, just now, with several of our ministers and your delegation, we spoke about so many fields where we think we can make a big difference. A big difference in water, in agriculture, in health, in every field, in so many fields." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "This is what marks this visit, it's a partnership to seek the good, to defend the good, to achieve the good. And this is a good day. Welcome my friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi." ISRAELI AND INDIAN FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, NARENDRA MODI, SAYING: "This visit is an occasion to regenerate the bonds of our friendship, to compose a new chapter in our ties and to jointly venture toward new horizons of engagement. Prime Minister Netanyahu and I had productive discussions covering an extensive many of issues, not just on area of bilateral opportunities but also how our cooperation can help the cause of global peace and stability." MODI AND NETANYAHU (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, NARENDRA MODI, SAYING: "Prime Minister Netanyahu and I agreed to do much more together to protect our strategic interest and also cooperate to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism, including in cyber space."
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 16:06
- Keywords: Israel India India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFX7PJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for "a new chapter" in his country's ties with Israel on Wednesday (July 5) during joint statements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
Modi's historic visit to Israel is the first by a sitting Indian prime minister. In the months leading up to the trip, India had signed two arms deals, spending $2.6 billion on Israeli missile defense systems.
Yet since Modi arrived on Tuesday (July 4), military ties -- for decades the secretive bedrock of India-Israel relations -- have taken a back seat. The governments have instead spent time discussing companies that sell medical devices, hi-tech and water systems.
Rather than making the visit all about the value of deals signed, Netanyahu and Modi appear intent on playing up shared culture and values, in the hope this will give commercial ties deeper roots.
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