Jerusalem: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a joint statement to the media on Tuesday, where the two leaders vowed to defeat the forces of terror.
“India and Israel face common challenges, the first of it is to defeat forces of terror. We need to stand and work together. We share a bond of democracy and creativity; a deep respect for the past and boundless optimism for the future,” said Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, saying it was a “reminder of the unspeakable evil” and was a tribute to the “unbreakable spirit” to rise above the depths of tragedy, overcome hatred and forge ahead to build a vibrant and democratic nation.
“Yad Vashem tells us that those who believe in humanity and civilised values must come together and defend it at all costs. As such, we must resolutely oppose evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Israeli Prime Minister and his wife for hosting him in Israel.
“The fullness and warmth of their affection have evoked a feeling of home away from home. It reminds me of our own ethos of hospitality and welcome,” PM Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi added that Indian Jews are a living and vibrant connect to the shared history of India and Israel. My visit to Israel celebrates this ancient bond between the two countries, he added. The Prime Minister is scheduled to address the Indian diaspora later on Wednesday.
PM Modi stated that ties between the two countries have seen rapid growth over the past several years.
“The common objectives of economic prosperity, strong technological and innovation ties. We need to secure our societies, define space for convergent action between us. We also want to put in place a robust security partnership to respond to shared threats to our peace, stability and prosperity. We want to frame our relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement,” PM Modi said, stating that he will work with Prime Minister Netanyahu to realise these objectives.
On a lighter note, Netanyahu used Yoga to explain how India and Israel are sister democracies.
“When I relax in Thalassana pose, and I turn my head to the right, India is the first democracy that I will see. And when PM Modi does a relaxing pose of Vasishtasana, and he turns his head to the left, Israel is the first democracy that you can see. India and Israel are two sister democracies,” said Netanyahu.
Although the two countries are unequal in size, Netanyahu said, they are equal in spirit. “We believe we can together do great things for the betterment of future of our people,” he added.
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