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Benjamin Netanyahu in INDIA: Visit of PM Benjamin Netanyahu is far more important than we think

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime minister of Israel in on visit of India from 14th january 2018 to 19th january 2018. In recent years, everyone witnessed the increasing defence ties and diplomatic relations between these two countries, this visit is more important than we think.

This six day visit is going to drive the relationship between these two democracies to the top. PM Narendra Modi breaks protocol to receive the Israeli Prime Minister on the airport and the warm welcome by PM Narendra Modi shows the increasing relation between the two.

Both Prime Ministers attended a solemn ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in Delhi to mark the formal renaming of the Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. PM Modi and Netanyahu lay a wreath at the Teen Murti memorial, where they were received by army chief General Bipin Rawat and foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

“Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations,” Modi tweeted in English and Hebrew.

PM Modi says he salutes the “great Indian traditions of selfless sacrifice and penance” of Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the liberation of the city of Haifa and the First World War”

PM Narendra Modi tweeted in Hebrew and PM Benjamin Netanyahu Tweeted in Hindi.

Dubbing the India-Israel relationship as a “marriage made in heaven”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that even though Israel was “disappointed” by India’s vote at the UN against the Jerusalem issue, one negative vote will not affect the ties

PM Netanyahu visited Taj Mahal with his wife on Tuesday 16 Jan 2018.

Netanyahu will leave New Delhi on Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, and spend the day in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where he served as the state’s chief minister before becoming prime minister in 2014. On Wednesday evening, Netanyahu will travel to Mumbai and remain there until returning home on Friday morning.

The Indian press was full of stories Tuesday on Moshe Holtzberg, called “Baby Moshe,” who returned to Mumbai for the first time since both his parents were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack at the Chabad House in Mumbai. He was two years old at the time and was saved by his nanny, Sandra Samuel, who, like Moshe, now lives in Israel.

Moshe will join Netanyahu on Thursday in a dedication ceremony at the Chabad House for a memorial to the victims of the attack that will be located at the top two floors of the building.

When Moshe arrived at Mumbai’s Taj hotel, which was also targeted by terrorists during the 2008 attacks and where Netanyahu will be staying, he said “Shalom” to the reporters, and – according to local press reports – added in Hindi, “Bahut khushi” (I’m very happy)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India from 14 to 19 January 2018 closes a momentous twenty-fifth anniversary year of India-Israel relationship and its growing partnership. The summit level meetings between the Republic of India and the State of Israel that commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel from 4 to 6 July 2017, have further strengthened the bonds between the two governments and peoples and have consolidated the foundation for their Strategic Partnership.

The two Prime Ministers share a common vision for the relationship. They believe that in the next twenty-five years the two respective countries should strive to raise bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors to a qualitatively new level in consonance with our Strategic Partnership.

Both sides are working together on a Five Year Joint Work Plan for strategic cooperation in Agriculture and Water. Both sides also agreed to deepen cooperation in innovation, business and trade, space, homeland security and cyber, higher education and research, science and technology, tourism and culture

The Prime Ministers welcomed the completion of all formalities for the launch of the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) that was announced during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel. They underscored the role of youth in enhancing future collaboration in innovation, and have decided to commence an annual exchange of visits of one hundred youth from the science streams.

The two Prime Ministers commended the decision of the respective Ministries of Science and Technology to commence nine joint R&D projects in the areas of big data analytics in health care and security in cyber space.

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the initiation of cooperation between India and Israel in the energy sector with the signing of a MoU on Cooperation in the Oil and Gas sector that will promote, inter alia, collaboration in the upstream sectors, research and development in future technologies and start-ups in oil and gas.

The two Prime Ministers agreed that renewed efforts are required to realize the full potential for bilateral trade and investment, and took note of the next round of discussions between the two sides to be held in February 2018 in Israel. Underlining the role of the private sector in trade and investment, both Prime Ministers urged the private sector to actively explore investment opportunities in both countries, including through the India’s flagship programmes such as Make in India, Start-Up India and Digital India

Noting that doing trade and business also requires better connectivity, the two Prime Ministers have decided to expedite the conclusion of an Agreement on Maritime Transport that will encourage greater business between the shipping organizations of India and Israel, and create new opportunities in maritime services and training.

Both Prime Ministers noted the readiness of Israeli companies to enter into joint ventures with Indian companies in the defense sector under the Make in India initiative. They consider it important to set the direction for developing more business models and partnerships for the joint ventures and joint manufacturing, including transfer of technology as well as joint research and development in defence and security fields.

Recognizing the grave threat that terrorism poses to peace and security including from non-state actors, both Prime Ministers reiterated that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever and advocated strong measures against terrorists, terror organizations, those who sponsor, encourage or finance terrorism or provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups. They also noted with satisfaction that the next meeting of the Joint Working Groups on Homeland and Public Security will be held in February 2018. They reiterated the importance of building comprehensive cooperation in counter-terrorism, including cyber-space, and welcome the signing of the MoU on Cooperation in Cyber Security between India and Israel.

The two Prime Ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process.

MoU/agreements signed between India and Israel

MoU on Cyber security cooperation between India and Israel: It envisages cooperation in the field of cyber security to develop, promote and expand cooperation in the field of HRD through various platforms and arrangements such as training programmes, skill development, and simulator based hands-on training. It also envisages collaborating in the field of cyber security resilience, promoting B2B cooperation in cyber security and facilitating industrial summits.

MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation in Oil and gas sector : Through this MoU both the sides are looking to explore opportunities of long-term cooperative relationship and joint economic projects to enhance bilateral engagements in the field of Oil and Gas, inter-alia including collaboration in upstream sector activities; R&D and Technology; promoting institutional linkages between Universities and R&D establishment for mutually beneficial collaboration; and in the area of Start-ups.

The protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to the Air Transport Agreement: This Protocol envisages entering into cooperative marketing arrangements, such as code share, bloc space or any other JV agreement for the purpose of operating the agreed services on the specified routes.

Agreement on Film-co-production between India and Israel : This envisages to establish a framework for encouraging all audiovisual media output, especially the co-production of films for the benefit of the film industries of both the countries and contribute to the economic growth of the film, TV, video and new media production for further development of cultural and technologies ties.

MoU between the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH and the Centre for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Cooperation in the field of Research in Homeopathic Medicine: Envisages cooperation in the field of Research in Homeopathic Medicine, inter alia including establishment of a joint working group

MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field of space : Envisages for cooperation in the areas of mutual interest in the field of space by the establishment of JWG for research, educational and training programmes.

Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in Israel: The purpose of this instrument is supporting and developing cooperation between the two sides through exchange of information on investment opportunities, relevant laws and regulations, policies and government initiatives.

Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. For cooperation in the area of metal-air batteries: This envisages to encourage joint R&D, deployment and manufacturing activities in the area of metal-air batteries for an array of applications, as stationary energy storage systems, electric mobility solutions etc.

Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies: This LoI intends to encourage joint research activities in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies including concentrated solar power generation, solar fuels, solar thermal storage materials, technologies, systems & concepts






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