Introducing the 'Modi' flower: Israel names chrysanthemum after Indian PM

It's been a warm and affectionate visit full of bear hugs, kind words, and floral gestures.

July 5, 2017 12:00
Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives flowers at Danziger farms on July 4, 2017.. (photo credit: PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE)

It's been a warm and affectionate visit full of bear hugs and kind words. Now, Israel has named one of its flowers after visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Following a welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled with Modi to Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, near Beit Dagan, and visited the Danziger “Dan” flower farm, one of Israel’s leading floriculture companies, with approximately 80,000 square meters of state-of-the-art greenhouses specializing in the reproduction of plants.

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That this was the first stop on Modi's visit highlighted that one of India's key interests in closer cooperation with Israel is its expertise in agricultural technology. They were joined Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel, and the Indian leader was presented with a new strain of a white chrysanthemum named after him: “Modi.”

He then proceeded to Yad Vashem where he visited the Hall of Names, placed a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, and toured the Children's Memorial.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Yad Vashem July 4, 2017.


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