Modi visit to Israel to lift the curtain on close ties

    TEL AVIV:  Narendra Modi begins a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister on Tuesday, in a public embrace of a nation that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length.
    Modi will hold three days of talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature ‘Make in India’ drive, officials said.
    Netanyahu, hailing what he described as Modi’s “historic visit”, said on Monday he and the Indian leader have worked together over the past few years to build a “steadfast friendship” between Tel Aviv and New Delhi.
    “This visit will deepen cooperation in a wide range of fields – security, agriculture, water, energy – basically in almost every field Israel is involved in,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in public remarks.
    “Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel will only strengthen its occupation of Palestine,” said Asaduddin Owaisi, chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. (Agencies)