Modi set to discuss terrorism with Israeli PM Netanyahu

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

Prime minister Narendra Modi, who is leaving for a three-day historic visit to Israel on Tuesday, will hold talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin during his visit.

“I look forward to holding extensive talks with my friend, @IsraeliPM @netanyahu, who shares a commitment for vibrant India-Israel ties,” prime minister Modi tweeted.

On Wednesday PM Modi will hold a summit level meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. The wide-ranging talks will also include defence cooperation and common challenges like terrorism.

“From boosting economic ties to furthering people-to-people interactions, my Israel visit has a wide range of programmes,” tweeted the Prime Minister.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. Incidentally, the visit comes at a time when India and Israel are marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations.

“Tomorrow, I begin a historic visit to Israel, a very special partner of India’s… As the first Indian prime minister to do so, I am greatly looking forward to this unprecedented visit that will bring our two countries and people closer,” Modi said.

Apart from holding talks with Israeli leadership, Modi will also address CEOs of the two countries. An address to the Indian diaspora is also scheduled.  He is also scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum to honour the memory of the victims of the holocaust, one of the greatest tragedies in human history.  Modi will also pay his respects to the courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918.

In an interview to Israeli media, PM Modi spoke about India’s stand on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“We believe in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully,” he said.

“A final-status agreement should respect the sentiments and address demands of all affected parties,” he added.

After his three-day trip to the Jewish nation, PM Modi will head to Hamburg in Germany to attend the G-20 Summit.

(With inputs from PTI)