The meeting started off with a series of agreements on defence and security
To strengthen defence and security relations with India,Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached Delhi on January 14,as a part of a tour of India. To welcome Netanyahu, PM Modi broke the protocol and reached the airport himself. At the airport, PM Modi welcomed Netanyahu with a hug.
Prime Minister Modi along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directly reached the Teen Murti Marg. While attending a program organized at Delhi’s Murti Memorial, Netanyahu paid homage to the martyrs. On this occasion, his wife Sarah was also present.
Israeli PM on tour after 15 years
This is the first time in 15 years that the Israeli Prime Minister has come to India on a tour. Earlier in 2003, the then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had visited India. Netanyahu is coming to India on such an occasion when diplomatic relations between the two countries have completed 25 years.
Following the meeting between two Prime Ministers, a series of agreements were signed between the two countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We are proud that we are seizing the future so we can make a better life for our people and for others around the world. Our commitment to do so is reflected in the manifold agreements that we sign today in the field of cyber, aviation, energy, and even in cinema.”
Energy agreement in the fields of natural gas and oil – Both the nations will strengthen cooperation in exploration, production and research and development. Both the sides will advance academic ties between universities and institutions and will work together on natural gas and oil start-ups.
Cinema co production agreement – Film industries will be granted joint government support funds for Israeli-Indian productions to strengthen ties between both the nations.
Mutual investment agreement – Declaration on advancing direct investment between the two countries.
Aviation agreement – to give emphasis on adjusting prices of flights as well as its security arrangements, amendment regarding the cost of flights and strengthening bilateral cooperation in developing air links pursuant to the 1994 agreement is made.
Cyber agreement – Agreement on strengthening and expanding cyber cooperation.Along with development of training and proficiency programs, industrial and technological cooperation in cyber security, promotion of conferences and meetings between the two countries,academicians and industrialists.
Before the tour of Benjamin Netanyahu,it was expected that an agreement of Rs 445 crore may get possibly signed between the two countries including the 131 missiles that hit the ground from air, along with this it was also believed that contracts will be made for strengthening cooperation in key areas such as trade and defence.