Jerusalem: A beach stroll by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu caused online waves on Thursday, with the two men seen wading barefoot into the surf together.
The beach trip came on the last day of Modi's visit to Israel, the first-ever by an Indian prime minister. They had gone to the beach to see a demonstration of a mobile water desalination unit.
It was closed to journalists, but images and video were distributed by the Israeli government showing the two men walking barefoot together into the water at Olga beach in northern Israel.
אין כמו ללכת לים עם חברים!
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 6, 2017
Israel leads the 🌎 in water ♻️& desalination. We'll share our technology with India & provide clean water for millions. I'm proud of Israel! pic.twitter.com/DTY4BQ8RdU — Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 6, 2017
Some on social media took Netanyahu to task for not sufficiently rolling up his trousers, with images showing them getting wet. Others joked about a budding "bromance".
When your School principle Asked. “Nails dikhao” pic.twitter.com/j4VLzdtIo2
— DJ (@PJcrackerr) July 6, 2017
— Sugandh (@sugandh) July 6, 2017
They later drove together in the mobile water desalination unit — which looked like a dune buggy — and sipped samples from wine glasses, even toasting before they did.
Modi and Netanyahu have sought to extend Indian-Israeli cooperation beyond the billions of dollars in defence deals between them during the three-day visit.
The two leaders presented a series of agreements for cooperation on satellite technology, water and agriculture, as well as the creation of a $40 million innovation fund.
Israel already sells to India an average of $1 billion per year in military equipment. The country has also excelled at water and agriculture technology, which India has shown an interest in.
Modi's visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations.
With inputs from AFP
Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 19:06 PM | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 19:23 PM