India and Israel signed nine pacts on Monday to boost cooperation in key areas. The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
Both countries acknowledged the twenty fifth anniversary year of India-Israel relationship and its growing partnership.
MoUs were signed in cyber security, oil and gas, air transport, technology, investment, film production and others.
India and Israel signed and exchanged agreements in areas of amendment in air transport, cooperation in oil & gas, cyber-security, film co-production and many more. Full list available at https://t.co/SRd3oSnX8d #ShalomNamaste pic.twitter.com/SQGedMbOdY
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 15, 2018
Both sides are also working together on a Five Year Joint Work Plan for strategic cooperation in Agriculture and Water. India and Israel agreed to deepen cooperation in innovation, business and trade, space, homeland security and cyber, higher education and research, science and technology, tourism and culture.
The two prime ministers, accompanied by their respective senior cabinet colleagues, held delegation-level talks during which they also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interests.
Netanyahu, who arrived in India on Sunday, will also visit Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his six-day stay in India.
Ahead of the meeting, the Israeli PM was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
In the evening, Netanyahu is scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind.
PM Modi and Netanyahu will also attend the 2nd India Israel CEO Forum Meeting. The first CEO Forum was held during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel. The two leaders will also participate in the India Israel Business Summit.
Netanyahu is in India with a high-profile delegation comprising of 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies from areas like agriculture, water, cyber security, health care and security.
The visit comes just a month after India voted against US’ move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at the United Nations. But Netanyahu, on Sunday, dismissed India’s negative vote at the UNGA and hailed India-Israel ties as a “marriage made in heaven”.
PM Modi extended a warm welcome to Netanyahu when he arrived. In a break away from protocol, PM Modi received Netanyahu at the airport.