Today in India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hosted former Israeli President, Shimon Peres. The two leaders discussed on various ways for cooperation in the fields of counter-terrorism, infrastructure, water, agriculture, health, science and technology at length.
PM Modi, greeted President Peres warmly and said that he is very impressed by Israel and its achievements and that India values Israel’s contribution in developing advanced technologies. Modi further stated that Israel combines innovation, creativity and courage that had brought solutions in various fields to India and to many other countries around the world. Modi talked on his close experience with the Israeli capabilities and solutions while visiting Israel as a then CM of Gujarat in 2006 and said that the relations between both sides are an example of a real partnership. PM Modi also mentioned that the Indian Jews who had emigrated to Israel form a special link between two countries.
President Peres congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory in general elections and expressed deep appreciation for the ambitious programmes launched by the Prime Minister. President Peres said, “Israel sees India as its “elder sister” both nations are democracies with rich and long history that goes back thousands of years, who also yearn for a better future. I found in PM Modi a World Leader, a true partner confronting global challenges, and a friend of Israel.” He further added, “I came here as a great friend and admirer of India, Indian history and culture and also as a partner, and it is a great privilege for me to meet you here in Delhi. Referring to PM Modi, Peres added that his host is leading a “Third Revolution” following the steps of Great Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharal Nehru and leading India and it’s people to a better future.״
On the issue of counter-terrorism, Mr. Peres said that a way to pre-empt terror should be done, amongst others, by educating the next generations against hate and incitement. President Peres said, “Terror is a common challenge to both Israel and India. We must fight those extremists who target innocent civilians in the name of religion.”