Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh meets Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter


The Union Home Min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh, met Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, in Tel Aviv, on Novem­ber 6 dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to Is­rael. The meet­ing was held in an ex­tremely cor­dial at­mos­phere and fruit­ful dis­cus­sions were held on a wide range of is­sues. The two lead­ers dis­cussed the re­gional sit­u­a­tion and the evolv­ing threats to the global com­mu­nity from ter­ror. The Home Min­is­ter said that ter­ror was a threat not only to coun­tries like In­dia and Is­rael but also the whole world. They re­viewed ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion and fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties in this area.

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu spoke about In­dia and Is­rael as be­ing two old civil­i­sa­tions, each with a ca­pac­ity for sci­ence and in­no­va­tion. He said that his un­cle, who was a math­e­ma­ti­cian, al­ways used to tell him that the best math­e­ma­ti­cians came from In­dia. The Home Min­is­ter com­mended the achieve­ments of Is­rael and Is­raeli sci­en­tists in dif­fer­ent fields and also re­ferred to In­dian achieve­ments in sci­ence, in­clud­ing the con­cept of zero, dec­i­mals and al­ge­bra.

Ne­tanyahu said that he was greatly im­pressed by his meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in New York and be­lieved that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries were poised for rapid de­vel­op­ment.

Ra­j­nath Singh has ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the growth in bi­lat­eral ties in a range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing de­fence and agri­cul­ture. He noted the sign­ing of agree­ments in the area of home­land se­cu­rity that had opened another area of mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion. In this con­text, he em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of ca­pac­ity build­ing and train­ing. He said that the fu­ture em­pha­sis should be to build a high-tech part­ner­ship be­fit­ting two lead­ing knowl­edge economies. Both lead­ers agreed that the free trade agree­ment un­der dis­cus­sion be­tween the two sides should be signed early.

The Home Min­is­ter made a spe­cial ref­er­ence to the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign launched by Prime Min­is­ter Modi and in­vited Is­raeli in­dus­try, in­clud­ing in the de­fence sec­tor, to take ad­van­tage of the in­vest­ment-friendly poli­cies adopted by the new gov­ern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu briefed the Home Min­is­ter on tech­nolo­gies that had been de­vel­oped by Is­rael in ar­eas such as avi­a­tion se­cu­rity, bor­der pro­tec­tion and wa­ter har­vest­ing. He said Is­rael was ready and will­ing to dis­cuss trans­fer and de­vel­op­ment of such tech­nolo­gies with In­dia. He said that he agreed with the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter that Is­raeli in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the de­fence in­dus­try, could ‘Make in In­dia’ and thereby re­duce costs of man­u­fac­tur­ing prod­ucts and sys­tems de­vel­oped by Is­rael. He said that a del­e­ga­tion from Is­raeli in­dus­try would be happy to visit In­dia to ex­plore man­u­fac­tur­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in dif­fer­ent sec­tors. In this con­text, the Home Min­is­ter also men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity of to­gether ex­plor­ing third coun­try mar­kets in Africa and Latin Amer­ica, where In­dian in­dus­try has a strong pres­ence.

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