Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives on a six-day India visit

New Delhi: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on a six-day visit to India. He is the first Israeli PM to visit India since 2003.

PM Narendra Modi and PM Netanyahu will be at the Teen Murti Memorial for a solemn ceremony. The leaders will lay a wreath, and sign the visitor’s book. The ceremony will also mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk by the NDMC.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on 23rd September 1918, during World War I. There are various accounts of this battle – all narrate the brave valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned town protected by a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria Hungary. The capture of Haifa cleared a route for the Allies to supplies to the city through the sea. 44 Indian soldiers had made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation of the city in World War I. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23rd September as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.”

The PM Netanyahu will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow where the two leaders are expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations. After the talks, the two countries will ink MoUs in different areas.

The visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind on the same day.

During his tour, the Israeli PM will also visit Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.