New Delhi, January 15: The visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to India has added a feather to the cap as it has paved a way to concrete relations between India and Israel. The talks between Israeli PM Netanyahu and PM Modi were pleasing and will prove as a healthy outcome for both the nations.
Briefing the media on the deliberations, MEA Secretary (Economic Relations) and Foreign Secretary-designate Vijay K. Gokhale said, "The two PMs are extremely pleased by the outcome of their thoughts. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is looking forward to his visit to Gujarat".
"The Prime Ministers of India and Israel spoke on the use of technology in agriculture. Our Prime Minister stressed on the use of technology in the agricultural sector. The PM of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke about the technology used in agriculture such as - how it reaches the farmers, how it improves productivity and yield of the fields through water and fertilizers. Both the countries are working on this proposal," Gokhale said.
"We want to modernize our science and technology sectors with the help of technology, through Israel`s expertise. The fund that was announced by both the Prime Ministers at Tel Aviv, at the time of PM Narendra Modi`s visit, has now been operationalized. The two countries have proposed 20 US million dollars. We have sent calls for proposals", he added.
"In the industrial sector, water can be treated effectively with the help of technology, when industries discharge waste in the water bodies. We would also like to implement the same here", Gokhale further said.
"As far as the issue of Palestine is concerned, it was discussed. Our side made its stand clear on the issues of Palestine and Jerusalem but our relations are much larger than single issues," he said.
India has signed over 9 MoUs focusing on agricultural cooperation, cybersecurity, space, defense etc. with Israel.