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After meeting his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon at Delhi's Hyderabad House, Atal Bihari Vajpayee said relations between the two countries were 'rooted in antiquity'.

"Our lands have supported the birth of great and ancient religions and civilisations. Jewish communities in India have, over the centuries, painted rich colours into the mosaic of Indian society," Vajpayee said.

Here, Vajpayee poses with Sharon shortly before talks at Hyderabad House.

Photograph: Sondeep Shankar/Saab Press

Also see: Shalom Bombay

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