A day after Narendra Modi's bear hug with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the talk of the town, the bonhomie between the two world leaders was again on display on Monday.
This time, the Israeli Prime Minister said that if his friend Narendra wants to conduct a yoga class with him, he will always be available.
My friend Narendra, if anytime you want to do a yoga class with me, it is a big stretch, but I will be there," Netanyahu said. A smiling Narendra Modi, whose love for yoga is well known, shook hands with Netanyahu and the two global leaders hugged each other.
During the joint press conference, both Modi and Netanyahu addressed each other as "friend".
In the joint address, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Narendra Modi a "revolutionary leader". You are a revolutionary leader, you have revolutionised India. Your visit to Israel was groundbreaking," the Israeli Prime Minister said.
In July last year, Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. Referring to the visit, Netanyahu said, "It excited all Israelis and of course many Israelis of Indian descent and origin came. Well I thought I was in a rock concert. But it was a historic event".
On the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, in which Jewish synagogue Chabad House was attacked, Netanyahu said "we will never give in and will fight back".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed "good friend" Netanyahu to India and said the two countries have "reviewed progress in relations" and "renewed" them. Your (Netanyahu) visit marks a special beginning to our new year calendar," said Modi.
Narendra Modi spoke extensively on increasing bilateral cooperation between India and Israel. We will strengthen the existing pillars of cooperation in areas that touch the lives of our peoples. These are agriculture, science and technology and security. We exchanged views on scaling up the Centers of Excellence that have been a main-stay of agricultural cooperation," the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Modi also "invited Israeli companies to take advantage of the liberalised FDI regime to make more in India with our companies" in defence. We are venturing into less explored areas of cooperation such as oil and gas, cyber security, films and start-ups," he said.
Narendra Modi said that in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, he has a "counterpart who is equally committed to taking the India-Israel relationship to soaring new heights".
Modi will take Netanyahu to his home state Gujarat on Wednesday. There we will have another opportunity to see the fulfilment of the promise, which our mutual cooperation holds in diverse areas such as agriculture, technology, and innovation," Narendra Modi said.
During the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Israeli delegation, one of songs played by a live band was 'Ichak Dana, Bichak Dana' from the Raj Kapoor-Nargis starrer Shree 420. Number of Israelis who knew that was amazing. Films (are) a good way to build people to people relationships," said Vijay Gokhale, secretary, Ministry of External Affairs.