Modi meets Netanyahu, who calls visit history in the making

Earlier in the day Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who broke with protocol and welcomed Modi?with a hug as he alighted from his car.? Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 05, 2017, 11.10 AM (IST)

Indian Prime MInister Narendra Modi met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. 

The two of them held restricted talks ahead of delegation-level talks, at which the two leaders are expected to sign a number of agreements. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu called Modi's visit groundbreaking and emphasised that he sees history in the making in his talks with the Indian leader.


"Taking yesterday`s discussions forward. PM @narendramodi and PM @netanyahu meet for restricted talks in Jerusalem," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders.

Earlier in the day, Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Rivlin broke with protocol, welcoming Modi with a hug as he alighted from his car. 

"I am very grateful to the President for welcoming me so warmly," Modi told the media.

"He broke protocol and came out to the alighting point to welcome me. This is a mark of respect for the people of India." 

Later on Wednesday, Modi is scheduled to meet Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks.

Moshe -- who was a baby then, he is now a young boy of 10 -- was rescued by his Indian nanny. 

In the evening, Modi will also address a 4,000-strong gathering of the Indian diaspora in Israel.