PM Modi and Israel's Presdient Reuven Rivlin, who is in New Delhi for a state visit to India, and both the heads of states issued a joint statement centered on Indo-Israeli relations and countering terrorism.
PM Modi said that India recognises terrorism as a global problem, and that silence cannot be the answer to terrorism since it only encourages them. He also claimed that India's efforts to counter terrorism are greatly hampered by our 'neighbour'.
We recognise that terrorism is a global challenge and has no boundaries: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/uvgM1l6HDN— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
Regrettably, one of the countries of its origin and spread is in India's neighbourhood: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/0NOqWO9l7X— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
President Rivlin also chimed onto the discussion, adding that terrorism is a threat to India and Israel since the countries uphold the 'value of freedom'.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have truly made us feel at home in your beautiful country: Israel President Reuven Rivlin pic.twitter.com/4G6LaWDi72— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
Commenting on India's ties with Israel, Modi said:
As we approach 25 year milestone in establishment of diplomatic relations; committed to advance our engagement on several fronts: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/cveMODRZVa— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
Would encourage private sector holders to use this opportunity to build business ties between the two nations (India and Israel): PM Modi pic.twitter.com/WGARsxbjrr— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
Growing number of Indian students going to study in Israel will be an important bridge in building our partnership: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
Rivlin is here for the first high level meting since the Modi government came to power. Talks on cooperation over issues such as security, agriculture and water resources is expected to be among the topics of discussion between the two states.
The visit comes soon after India's first joint commission meeting with Palestine in the last week, Indian Express reports.
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