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'Our bond is strong and eternal,' PM Modi's Friendship Day message to Israel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 04, 2019, 04.16 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday responded to a tweet posted by 'Israel in India' on the occasion of Friendship Day. 

"May our ever-strengthening friendship & #growingpartnership touch greater heights," 'Israel in India' tweeted out along with a line from Bollywood's classic number from 'Sholay', " ये दोस्ती हम नहीं तोड़ेंगे.....".

The song epitomises and celebrates unconditional friendship. 

The tweet also featured a video with clips of PM Modi along with his Israeli counterpart with "Ye Dosti" song playing in the background.   

The PM responded to the tweet thanking Israel for its "strong and eternal" friendship. 

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"Thank you and wishing a Happy Friendship Day to Israel’s wonderful citizens and my good friend Benjamin Netanyahu. India and Israel are time tested friends," the prime minister tweeted out, adding that "Our bond is strong and eternal!" 

"May the friendship between our nations grow and prosper even more in times to come! Our nations grow and prosper even more in times to come!"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently featured in Netanyahu's election campaign. Netanyahu's party, Likud party, in a campaign video, featured clips of PM Modi with Netanyahu. The clips were from PM Modi's trip to Isreal in 2017, the first standalone visit by any Indian Prime Minister to the West Asian country. 

The two other leaders in the video included Rusian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. 

The headquarters of Likud party bore a large picture of Netanyahu with PM Modi. On the other sides were the installations of gigantic posters of Netanyahu with Trump and Putin. 

This was, perhaps, for the first time when an Indian PM's pictures had been used in a foreign election campaign, particularly in West Asia.