Source: News Bharati English21 Nov 2016 19:33:55

New Delhi, Nov 21: Interacting with reporters at a joint press conference during his visit to India Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand on Iran threat to this Jewish state.

Rivlin said he had shared his concerns about Iran’s threat to Israel to destroy the Jewish state. The Israeli President said that the Indian PM assured him that though India shared good relations with Iran, it nevertheless supported Israel “every place where international agencies take decisions against you that you see as absurd”.

Rivlin told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday night about his meeting with Modi on Wednesday and said that the Indian prime minister was very clear that his country opposes Iranian moves to harm Israel.

What is significant here, Rivlin said, is the very public way that India is displaying its strong relationship with Israel, including the very warm welcome it has given to the Israeli delegation and its desire to strengthen those ties.

This included the public hug Modi gave him, when the two held their joint press conference.

“India is not hiding its ties with Israel,” Rivlin said adding, “They see us as their partner.”

For India, Israel is a country that faces similar challenges and is open to its needs, Rivlin said. Both countries bring mutually beneficial assets to the table, he said, includes in defence and agriculture.

When it comes to defence, India also has business ties with both the United States and with Russia, Rivlin explained.

In some cases, he said, there are also projects between India, the United States and Israel, Rivlin said.

“Today the know-how is the most important thing. Modi sees an opportunity in the world’s desire to be part of the economic life of his country,” he said.

“It’s a bomb what is happening here,” he added.

“He wants his people to be able to work so they can improve their life,” he said.

Israel, he said, is open to the concept of “making in India” as well as “making with India.”

Rivlin arrived in India on Monday with a large business delegation to as part of a series of steps both countries are taking to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

On Friday Rivlin visited an agricultural Centre of Excellence in the city of Karnal in the Haryana region that is run by MASHAV, Israel’s Foreign Ministry international development and cooperation agency.

Haryana region’s agriculture minister, Om Prakash Dhankar, led Rivlin through the centre and unveiled a plaque in his honour. The two men also planted trees outside one of the hothouses.

Inside the hothouse, he was shown cherry tomato plants, which were developed in Israel.

“We are bringing Israel’s name halfway around the world to help people, not just countries and nations,” Rilvlin said.

“MASHAV benefits all mankind and enhances Israel's name, as Gandhi said, ‘God appears to the hungry as food.’” Rivlin said.