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'Indians, Israelis Will Look Back at This Visit as First of Many Historical Milestones'

Ahead of the visit, Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu wrote an op-ed in The Times of India. “The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size

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Updated:July 4, 2017, 2:07 PM IST
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'Indians, Israelis Will Look Back at This Visit as First of Many Historical Milestones'
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New Delhi: The fight against terror and defence cooperation are expected to top the agenda during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit of Israel. Modi, the first Indian PM to visit the country, is expected to sign several deals during the meeting with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ahead of the visit, Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu wrote an op-ed in The Times of India. “The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size. Ours are two modern, vibrant democracies that draw on our rich historical traditions while striving to seize the promise of the future for our peoples,” said the article.

The write-up talked about the complex nature of both countries and how they are like yoga postures. “Both our nations are complex. Like yogic asanas grounding down and pulling up at the same time, they face many challenges. By working together we can overcome some of the challenges. Over the centuries the philosophies and histories of our ancestors inspired one another. Today the entrepreneurial drive of Indians and Israelis brings us closer together.”

Talking about the technological partnership between both countries, the op-ed said, “This unique blend of complementary capabilities has forged strong ties between India and Israel, particularly in the field of technology. From start-ups to space, communications to cybernetics, Israel’s technological capabilities are merging with India’s.”

Both leaders further talked about the agricultural projects undertaken to better support farmers in the respective countries. “Fifteen fully operational joint Centers of Excellence under the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project showcase our mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of agriculture. Israel’s extreme water crises in the past place it in a unique position to understand India’s quest for efficient water solutions. The cost effective adaptation of Israeli technology to India’s needs could create new solutions that we could use to help address the water challenges of other developing nations across the globe.”

The threat of terrorism was also talked about, with both countries promising full cooperation in working together to negate it. “We both recognise the threat terrorism poses to our countries and to global peace and stability. Accordingly, a few years ago we signed a landmark agreement on cooperation in homeland and public security. India and Israel are committed to working together to fight this scourge,” said the article.

“We are confident that 25 years from now, Indians and Israelis will look back on this visit as the first of many historical milestones that we reached together in the great friendship between our peoples,” it added.
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