India, Israel sign nine pacts after Modi holds talks with Netanyahu

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on  Monday. PTI Photo / PIB

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo / PIB

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.

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.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a media interaction at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on  Monday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a media interaction at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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.