Visit of Prime Minister of Israel to India

Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India from 14 to 19 January 2018 closed 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 Shri 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 two prime ministers noted with satisfaction the commencement and implementation of India-Israel development cooperation – three-year work programme in Agriculture (2018-2020) under the stewardship of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) and the Ministry of Agriculture of India aimed at increasing farmers’ productivity and optimization of water use efficiency.

The two Prime Ministers were apprised of state of progress on the twenty-eight Centres of Excellence that are being jointly established in different States of India, and noted with satisfaction that seven more Centres of Excellence have become operational in the last six months since the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Israel. The two Prime Ministers will be visiting Centre of Excellence in Vadrad, Gujarat and will inaugurate the Centre of Excellence in Bhuj, Gujarat, during this visit.

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, in pursuance of their decision in July 2017 to upgrade scientific and technological collaboration.

 List of MoUs/Agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Israel to India

S. No.MoU / Agreement / LoIExchanged by
Indian sideIsraeli side
1MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and IsraelShri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER)Mr. Yuval Rotem, Director General, MoFA, Government of Israel
2MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation in Oil and Gas SectorShri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (ER)Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
3Protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to theAir Transport AgreementShri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Civil AviationMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
4Agreement on Film-co-production between India and IsraelShri N. K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Information & BroadcastingMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
5MoU 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 MedicineVaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSHMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
6MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field ofspaceDr. V. K. Dadhwal, Director of IISTMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
7Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in IsraelShri Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest IndiaMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
8Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. For cooperation in the area of metal-air batteriesShri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCLMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
9Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologiesShri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCLMr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

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