India-Israel boost ties, sign seven agreements

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 5, 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 5, 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon. Both countries signed seven agreements across different sectors to push for greater cooperation between the two sides.

Agreements in the fields of space research, agriculture, water management and conservation were signed. An Israel-India joint statement was  also signed that covers the entire talks between the two prime ministers, which focusses on the whole spectrum of India-Israel relations.

“We are making history together,” said Netanyahu at the joint media briefing after the meeting.

Netanyahu stressed on how India and Israel together can make a difference in so many fields, including combating terror.

“We are being challenged by forces of terror. We have agreed to cooperate in this area,” said Netanyahu.

“It’s a partnership to seek the good, to defend the good,” he added.

On his part, Modi stressed on how India-Israel partnership can help global peace and partnership, and not just each other bilaterally.

He called Israel a world leader in water management and developing agricultural technology. This, PM Modi said, was a key area of India-Israel cooperation.

“Our decision to establish a bilateral Technology Innovation Fund worth USD 40 million for research in industrial development will help us in achieving this goal…We regard thriving two-way trade and investment flows as the bedrock of a strong partnership. Prime Minister Netanyahu and I agreed on the need to do more in this direction. Businesses on both sides should take primary lead in such efforts,” he said.

Finally, PM Modi said that India supported Israel in combating radicalisation and terrorism including that in cyber space.

Modi, who arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday for a three-day visit also thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for hosting the historic visit and playing a crucial role in writing an important chapter in bilateral ties.

Earlier in the day, Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties and how Israel’s cutting-edge technology could help the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Jerusalem : Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, right, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the president's official residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday,  July 5, 2017. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. AP/PTI

Jerusalem : Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, right, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the president’s official residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. AP/PTI

“…today it is ‘I to I and I for I’. When ‘I say I for I, I don’t mean the popular saying but what I mean is India with Israel, India for Israel,” said Modi.

“The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India,” Modi tweeted.

Rivlin on his part described Modi as one of the greatest leaders in the world.

“We have a lot in common and doing a lot in common. We understood very well about your thought about the need to help partners who will ‘Make in India’,” Rivlin said.

“…we are doing a lot in order to fulfill your ideas about ‘Make in India’,” the Israeli President said.

“The….people in Israel are trying to find ways to invest in India and to make mutual projects together,” he added.