India and Israel to Boost Cooperation in Key Areas


India and Israel have today agreed to intensify cooperation to deal with the menace of international terrorism. The decision was taken on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Israel and meeting with the top leadership there. She has called on President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders.

According to officials, both the parties emphasized that the region around their respective territories is in turmoil and the special circumstances posed by terrorism that required coordination between the two countries. Exchange of information will also continue in future between both parties. Sushma Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister said she, hopes to get an assessment of the situation in the region and identify areas where the two sides can cooperate.

“India attaches the highest importance to the full development of bilateral ties with Israel. Our bilateral cooperation has grown in a number of areas over the past two decades but the potential of our relations are much more,” said Ms. Swaraj.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that there has been a great flowering of relationship and friendship between the two countries in the recent years. “I take special pleasure in welcoming you here and sending my regards to my good friend and colleague Prime Minister Modi. The expression of this growing relationship has been in the visit of the (Indian) President, the first ever by an Indian Head of State,” he said.

Netanyahu, who is also the Israeli Foreign Minister, said the two countries are intensifying their contacts and cooperation in fields such as science and technology, cyber, defence and agriculture.

While saying that Israel admires India and view it as a great friend, he said India and Israel are at the cutting edge of so many innovations and by working together both can do a lot more for their people and the world.

Emphasising on the importance attached to India by Israel, he said his country is putting “special effort towards building a special relationship with a special country”. President Rivlin pushed for a boost in bilateral economic ties during his meeting with Swaraj and said the two partners should quickly finalise the