A person is known by the company it keeps. These days, Indian leaders have become trusted buddies of Israeli leaders. Narendra Modi visited Israel and bear hugged Netanyahu. He is the first Indian prime minister to visit the Jewish nation, and was received at the Ben Gurion airport by Netanyahu who said in Hindi, "aapka swagat hai, mere dost" (welcome, my friend). Hailing Modi as "a great leader of India and a great world leader", Netanyahu said, "we have been waiting for the last 70 years" for a visit by an Indian prime minister.
The two prime ministers, who hugged each other three times, described each other as "my friend" several times.
In their brief prepared speeches, they vowed to give a push to the bilateral relationship in all aspects and jointly deal with the common threats like terrorism.
Netanyahu's entire Cabinet was present at the airport to receive Modi, who was wearing a cream colour 'band gala' suit and a dark blue handkerchief in the pocket. Modi was also accorded a Guard of Honour after an Israeli military band played the national anthems of the two countries.
"I remember what you told me in our first meeting - when it comes to India and Israel relations, the sky is the limit. But now, prime minister, let me add even sky is not the limit. We are also cooperating in space," Netanyahu told Modi.
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