Tel Aviv, Nov 7: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here on Thursday, and the two leaders discussed the regional situation and the evolving threats to the global community from terror. They also reviewed existing cooperation and future possibilities in this area.
Holding discussions on a wide range of issues, the Home Minister said that terror was a threat not only to countries like India and Israel but to the whole world, said a report.
The Israeli Prime Minister spoke about India and Israel as being two old civilizations, each with a capacity for science and innovation. He said that his uncle, who was a mathematician, always used to tell him that the best mathematicians came from India.
Rajnath commended the achievements of Israel and Israeli scientists in different fields and also referred to Indian achievements in science, including the concept of zero, decimals and algebra.
Netanyahu said he was greatly impressed by his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York and believed that relations between the two countries were poised for rapid development.
Rajnath Singh has expressed satisfaction at the growth in bilateral ties in a range of areas, including defence and agriculture. He noted the signing of agreements in the area of homeland security that had opened another area of mutually beneficial cooperation.
Emphasizing the importance of capacity building and training, Rajnath Singh said the future emphasis should be to build a hi-tech partnership befitting two leading knowledge economies. They agreed that the Free Trade Agreement under discussion between the two sides should be signed early.
The Home Minister made a special reference to the ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited Israeli industry, including in the defence sector, to take advantage of the investment friendly policies adopted by the new government.
Netanyahu briefed the Home Minister on technologies that had been developed by Israel in areas such as aviation security, border protection and water harvesting. He said Israel was ready and willing to discuss transfer and development of such technologies with India.
He said that he agreed with the Indian Prime Minister that Israeli industry, including the defence industry, could ‘make in India’ and thereby reduce costs of manufacturing products and systems developed by Israel.
He said that a delegation from Israeli industry would be happy to visit India to explore manufacturing opportunities in different sectors. In this context, the Home Minister also mentioned the possibility of together exploring third country markets in Africa and Latin America, where Indian industry has a strong presence.