India, Israel to intensify defence, anti-terror cooperation

The two countries also agreed to deepen their cooperation in a variety of areas including trade and investment, agriculture, water resources and cyber crime

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 15, 2016 4:46 pm
reuven rivlin, narendra modi, israeli president, israeli president in india, rivlin india visit, pranab mukherjee, india-israel relations India is Israel’s largest buyer of military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapons systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains.

Reflecting their growing proximity, India and Israel on Tuesday decided to further “broad-base” their already close defence partnership and intensify cooperation in combating radicalisation and extremism, while calling upon global community to act tough against terror networks and States harbouring them.

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The two countries also agreed to deepen their cooperation in a variety of areas including trade and investment, agriculture, water resources and cyber crime during extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who is on his first visit to India.

Giving gist of his talks with the Israeli leader, Modi, in a media statement, said people of both countries were constantly threatened by forces of terrorism and extremism and both sides agreed to intensify cooperation in combating them effectively, particularly having “practical and specific” engagement such as in the cyber domain.

“We recognize that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organized crime,” he said. In an obvious reference to Pakistan, the Prime Minister said, “Regrettably, one of the countries of its origin and spread is in India’s neighbourhood.

“We agreed that the international community must act with resolve and determination against terror networks and States that harbour them. Failure to act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists,” he said.

Noting that Rivlin’s visit has given a “crucial push” to efforts to build new pillars in bilateral ties, Modi said both sides noted the strength of the growing defence partnership and agreed on the need to make it “more broad-based” through production and manufacturing partnerships.

India is Israel’s largest buyer of military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapons systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains.

The two sides inked two pacts to strengthen cooperation in agricuture and water resources management sectors. Referring to growing collaboration between the two countries, particularly in defence sector, Rivlin, the first Israeli President to visit India in two decades, said his country is ready to “make in India and make with India”.

He also asserting that nothing can justify terrorism. “We stand together in defending our people and our values,” Rivlin said. The two sides inked two pacts to strengthen cooperation in agriculture and water resources management sectors.

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    Dinesh
    Nov 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm
    Well Done Sir Modi it will best friend of India and Isreal is great Country and people there work hard lie Indianstoo plus they experty in agriculture they can grow orangoin desert so please make them India' Partner.
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      Navin D.
      Nov 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm
      Israel had been and still is our most reliable partner in meeting our military requirements, specific inputs on terror network has helped us immensely in averting many terror attacks on our soil, we should take this friendship to even new levels with a broader cooperation in many areas, such a small country, whose birth is almost of the same period, when we got our independence, has made all round progress in every field, in agriculture, in military hardware, the country's advancements are unmatched, India should always value our all weather friend, who always stood by us in every crisis.
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        Vedic_Citizen
        Nov 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
        It was legendary PVN Rao who ended diplomatic isolation of Israel. We regret having sided with Palastein Jihadhis in a territorial dispute that is none of our concerns
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          samir
          Nov 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm
          Weapons sold to south Arabia by western world may end up in stan and after thatlt;br/gt;in china for copying it or for further development.
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            Sunder
            Nov 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm
            India was for long the supporter of the Palestinians. The admiration of RSS/BJP clique for hardline racist Israel for reasons which need no repeion is understandable. Let's not forget the apartheid being practiced by Israel against Palestinians, the denial of basic rights, deprivation of land and water, and economic strangulation of Gaza and West Bank. Israel has developed a 'holocaust' shield and anti-semitism bogey to protect itself against legitimate criticism, and with the backing of US, carries on a mere show of peace process all the while continuing its repressive policies, and gobbles up Palestinian lands.
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              Citizen
              Nov 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm
              Good step forward keep it up. Jaihind
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