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Israel President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday expressed support to India on countering terrorism, saying that “terror is terror is terror… nothing can justify terror.” The visiting President made the remark after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.
Sources said Modi is likely to visit Israel next year for the 25th-year celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Rivlin said, “Israel and India are threatened by terror because we uphold the values of freedom. Terror is terror is terror is terror.”
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Modi, on his part, said, “We recognise that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organised crime.”
Without naming Pakistan, the PM 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.”
As Modi made a strong pitch for Israel’s participation in the Make in India campaign, Rivlin said, “Israel is ready to answer the Prime Minister’s call — we are ready to ‘Make in India’ and make with India. Israeli companies can tie up with Indian flagship programmes like Make in India.”
Regarding partnership in defence, Modi said, “We noted the strength of our growing defence partnership. And agreed on the need to make it more broad-based through production and manufacturing partnerships.” In recent years, Israel has emerged as a major supplier of defence equipment and Delhi now wants the products to be manufactured in India.
Modi also said India was grateful to Israel for its clear support to India’s permanent candidature in a reformed UN Security Council. He said the two countries agreed to promote educational exchange as well as enhance people-to-people contact through greater cultural and tourism linkages.
India and Israel inked two agreements in the field of water resources management and agriculture. They were signed following delegation-level talks between Modi and the visiting President.
Rivlin said, “Israel and India have changed history before, and it is time to do it again… this is not just a partnership, it is a partnership which is making a difference, in the water we drink, food we we eat, technology we use.” He also extended an invitation to Modi to visit Israel, which is likely to take place next year at the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Israeli President met his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. Rivlin was also given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.