“The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India,” Modi tweeted.
Modi, who arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for a three-day visit, met Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem and thanked him for the “warm hospitality and friendship”.
Hailing the ties between the two nations, Modi said: “I for I. Which means India for Israel and Israel for India.”
“It is a privilege to meet President Rivlin again today. I fondly recall his visit to India last November when he charmed us with his affable manner and desire to do more with India,” Modi wrote in the guest book at the President’s residence.
“President Rivlin is admired in India for his unstinting belief and common good of mankind, I thank him for his friendship and his warm hospitality,” wrote Modi, who is the first India prime minister to visit Israel.