In­dia-Is­rael min­is­te­rial meet­ing


The Union Home Min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh, had a meet­ing with the Is­raeli De­fence Min­is­ter Moshe Ya’alon at the de­fence head­quar­ters in Tel Aviv re­cently. The Home Min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs and the In­dian Am­bas­sador to Is­rael.

The Min­is­ters em­pha­sised the pri­or­ity ac­corded by both sides to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship and agreed to con­tinue to co­op­er­ate in var­i­ous ar­eas, in par­tic­u­lar in the de­fence sec­tor. Ra­j­nath Singh out­lined var­i­ous pol­icy changes and de­ci­sions taken by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and re­ferred in par­tic­u­lar to the re­lax­ation in the for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment lim­its in the de­fence sec­tor. He urged the Is­raeli de­fence sec­tor to par­tic­i­pate in the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme. The Is­raeli De­fence Min­is­ter said that Is­rael wanted to de­velop re­la­tions in the de­fence sec­tor and to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of trans­fer­ring cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies for man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia.

The two lead­ers dis­cussed the re­gional sce­nario and the threat posed by ter­ror­ism not only to In­dia and Is­rael but also the world in gen­eral. A num­ber of ar­eas of spe­cific co­op­er­a­tion were dis­cussed, in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion of bor­der ar­eas and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing.

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