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Defence Minister of Israel calls on PM of India

New Delhi: The Defence Minister of Israel, Mr Moshe Ya`alon, who is visiting India to participate in the Aero India 2015, paid a courtesy call today on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister recalled his meeting with Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2014, and with the the Agriculture Minister of Israel last month during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. He expressed satisfaction with the ongoing cooperation between India and Israel in various sectors. Bilateral cooperation reviewed A five-member Israeli delegation led by Defence Minister Mr. Moshe Ya’alon called on the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The Union Home Minister identified Cyber Security including Cyber Forensics, and Joint Development of technology as thrust areas for cooperation in the areas of Homeland Security. “Our cooperation in Homeland Security is a reflection of our shared security needs,” said Shri Rajnath Singh. The four India-Israel Working groups on Homeland Security are due to hold their first meeting in India next month. The Union Home Minister mentioned the strong bilateral ties in the Defence Sector and said that we need to carry this collaboration forward. The Union Home Minister asked Israel to take advantage of India’s raising FDI ceiling in Defence Sector to 49 percent and reiterated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s priority to promote manufacturing in India. Recalling his visit to Israel in November last year, Shri Rajnath Singh said, “Israel had expressed its desire to share cutting-edge weapons technologies with India. Both the countries are willing to move forward.” Noting that non-military bilateral trade crossed $4 billion last year during the period Jan-Nov, 2014, Shri Rajnath Singh said that India’s interest in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel was particularly in the Services Sector. “We would need a good offer in Services to make the FTA attractive for the Indian industry,” he said. The visiting Minister said that there are challenges in the field of Internal Security and Counter-Terrorism for the two countries. He mentioned that the two countries have capabilities and potential for cooperation in the field of Research & Development and Science & Technology. The Israeli Defence Minister also emphasised for enhanced cooperation and Joint Ventures under a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries which will allow more cooperation. The Union Home Minister mentioned that the two countries have mutual respect for each other and assured full cooperation to the Israeli delegation.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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