Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi Praise ‘New Era’ in India-Israel Ties

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Inaugurate Raisina Dialogue 2018 Today

New Delhi, January 15: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday will inaugurate Raisina Dialogue 2018, themed on ‘Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms’, in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and ORF Chairman Sunjoy Joshi will also be a part of the inaugural session of this annual geopolitical […]

New Delhi, January 15: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday kicked off a six-day visit to India, hoping to boost trade and defence ties to advance a complex budding relationship with New Delhi.

In 15 years, this is the first ever visit to India by an Israeli leader which comes less than six months after Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.

PM Modi notably didn’t travel to the West Bank to meet Palestinian leaders during that trip.

The warm personal chemistry between the two prime ministers has given rise to a flurry of enthusiasm. PM Netanyahu in July hailed the relationship as a “marriage made in heaven”.

Netanyahu and a 130-member delegation have a busy schedule for next five days, that covers a range of issues, including agriculture and defence.

Other areas slated for discussion are strengthening ties in the oil and gas arena, innovation and cybersecurity.

In the cultural field, Netanyahu’s planned visit with stars and executives of Bollywood is designed to increase Israel’s exposure and leverage Bollywood’s global influence, Israeli official said in a statement.

Here is a full list of agreement signed between India and Israel:

S.No. MoU / Agreement / LoI Exchanged by
Indian side Israeli side
1 MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel Shri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER) Mr. Yuval Rotem, Director General, MoFA, Government of Israel
2 MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation inOil and Gas Sector Shri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER) Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
3 Protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to the Air Transport Agreement Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
4 Agreement on Film-co-production
between India and Israel
Shri N. K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
5 MoU between the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH and the Centre for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Cooperation in the field of Research in Homeopathic Medicine Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
6 MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field of space Dr. V. K. Dadhwal, Director of IIST Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
7 Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in Israel Shri Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
8 Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. For cooperation in the area of metal-air batteries Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
9 Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India