India and Israel inked two agreements in the field of water resources management and agriculture. The agreements were inked on 15 November 2016 after the delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in New Delhi.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is on an eight-day visit to India (from 14 November to 21 November 2016). This was his first ever visit to India and first by any Israeli President in past two decades. The last and first President of Israel to visit India was Ezer Weizman in 1997.
Points of discussions during the delegation level talks were
• Enhancing agricultural productivity and efficiency.
• Boosting research and innovation linkages.
• Employment of applications of science and technology for the benefit of the two societies.
• Forging strong trade links and investment ties.
• Building defence ties to secure people of the two nations.
• Enhancing people to people ties through greater cultural and tourism linkages.
• Promotion in educational exchanges, which will allow students of the two nations to study in each other’s country, to bridge the bilateral partnership.
Apart from this, Israel also supports India’s candidature in a reformed UN Security Council. The two leaders also noted the strength of the growing defence partnership. They agreed on the need to make it more broad-based in production and manufacturing.
Besides, the two nations also agreed to enhance their cooperation against the growing threat of terrorism and radicalization. The two leaders, who recognised terrorism as a global challenge that knows no boundaries, agreed that its time when the international community must act with determination against terror networks and states that harbour them.
Earlier, President Reuven Rivlin was given a ceremonial welcome in the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prior to that, Rivlin paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
India, who voted against the Partitioning of Palestine plan of 1947and voted against Israel's admission to the United Nations in 1949, officially recognised Israel as a state on 17 September 1950. Relations between the two nations, India and Israel, refer to the bilateral ties between them. They share an extensive economic, military and strategic relationship.
In 2017, the two countries will celebrate 25years of the establishment of full diplomatic relations. They established the diplomatic relations in 1992.
In terms of military relationship, India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment. The military business between the two nations between 1999 and 2009 was worth about 9 billion dollars. Israel is the second-largest defence supplier to India. At present, Russia is the largest supplier.
In terms of trade relations, India is the third-largest Asian trade partner of Israel. Overall, India is also the tenth-largest trade partner of Israel.