Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he discussed exchange of technology in agriculture, irrigation, water and waste management with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
"A lot of issues especially exchange of technology in agriculture, irrigation, water and waste management in urban areas and other sectors were discussed. Overall, it was a very positive meeting in the context of the betterment of the state's youth, farmers and also the development of the state as a whole," he told ANI.
Netanyahu along with his wife Sara visited the Taj Mahal on Tuesday.
Later he tweeted calling the iconic monument 'a place of serenity, love and infinite beauty'.
Today at the Taj Mahal. A place of serenity, love, and infinite beauty. pic.twitter.com/jucktTm6p7
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 16, 2018
PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara toured the Taj Mahal:
"This is a moment of relaxation on a very intensive visit. I would like to thank Indian PM Modi for allowing us this moment as well. In India we met much love, love for Israel, and here we are in the temple of love." pic.twitter.com/YX9sbH9AdC
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) January 16, 2018
Netanyahu was received by Yogi at the Kheria Airport. He was accorded a traditional welcome by Braj folk artists on his arrival at the airport.
Grand traditional welcome of Hon'ble Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu by Braj folk artists on his arrival at Agra Airport, Uttar Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/YyOcw8TxDa
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) January 16, 2018
The dignitaries spent some time at Hotel Amar Vilas before leaving for the monument in golf carts.
In view of the Israeli PM's visit, the Taj Mahal remained closed for over two hours for tourists. The route from the Kheria Airport to the Taj Mahal was sealed and extra security arrangements were made.
Later, on Tuesday, while addressing the inaugural session of the 'Raisina Dialogue' in the national capital, Netanyahu hailed India as Israel's "natural friend and partner".
He said closer ties between democracies was essential to secure the common future of humanity at a time "our way of life and the quest for modernity and innovation" are being challenged.
Netanyahu, who arrived in New Delhi on a six-day visit on January 14, 2018, said PM Narendra Modi's July 2017 visit to Israel "broke ground". "You were the first leader of India to come to Israel in 3,000 years. It will not take long for your next visit, I know that," he said.
(With PTI inputs)