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India, Israel sign 9 MoUs for cooperation in cyber security, space, oil & gas sector

Jan 15, 2018 16:33 IST
India, Israel sign 9 MoUs for cooperation in cyber security, space, oil & gas sector

India signed 9 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Israel on 15 January 2018, during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India.

Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in the span of the last 15 years and the second one overall. The only other Israeli Prime Minister to visit India was Ariel Sharon in 2003. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to greet the Prime Minister at the airport, reciprocating the warmth he received when he visited Israel in July 2017, as Netanyahu had also received the Indian Prime Minister at the airport.

During Modi’s visit to Israel, both the leaders had promised to build a strategic partnership of hope, trust and progress of diverse and cutting-edge cooperation and of joint endeavours and shared successes.

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During the current visit, both the leaders reviewed the progress in the relations between the two nations and discussed the new possibilities and opportunities that needed to be seized.  The leaders agreed to accelerate their engagement and scale up their partnership in the following three ways:

• First, strengthening the existing pillars of cooperation in areas that touch the lives of the people living in both nations, including agriculture, science and technology and security.

• Second, venturing into less explored areas of cooperation, such as oil and gas, cyber security, films and start-ups.

• Third, committing to facilitate the flow of people and ideas between India and Israel.

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To bring people closer on both sides, an Indian Cultural Center will soon open in Israel. Besides this, both the nations have also decided to start an annual exchange of bilateral visits by 100 young people from science-related educational streams.

Following is the list of 9 MoUs signed by India and Israel:

S.No.

MoU / Agreement

Indian side

Israeli side

1.

MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel

Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER)

Yuval Rotem, Director General, MoFA, Government of Israel

2.

MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation inOil and Gas Sector

Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER)

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

3.

Protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to theAir Transport Agreement

Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

4.

Agreement on Film-co-production
between India and Israel

N. K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

5.

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 inHomeopathic Medicine

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

6.

MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field of space

V. K. Dadhwal, Director of IIST

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

7.

Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in Israel

Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

8.

Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. For cooperation in the area of metal-air batteries

Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

9.

Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies

Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL

Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

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