India Seeking to Strengthen Defense Partnership With Israel - Foreign Office

India Seeking to Strengthen Defense Partnership With Israel - Foreign Office

On the United Nations vote issue, speaking on Friday ahead of the arrival of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to India on a six-day visit starting Sunday, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon pointed out that recently when Indian Judge Justice Dalveer Bhandari was contesting for re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israel had gone so far in India's support as to adopt Justice Bhandari as its candidate too.

Days ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit, The Indian army and the government are considering restructuring a $500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel's that New Delhi canceled last week.

The two leaders will also be witnessing several innovative technologies in the field of water, agriculture and health at iCreate and visit a Centre of Excellence. Prime Minister Modis visit was a very important milestone in that.

Gilad Cohen, the Foreign Ministry's deputy director-general for Asia and the Pacific, would not discuss the Spike deal or weapons deals between India and Israel, during a briefing he gave Wednesday previewing Netanyahu's visit. The Israeli Prime Minister will be meeting his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on January 15.

Carmon said India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the Jerusalem issue would not affect bilateral ties.

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It was considered to be a huge success to symbolise the deepening ties between the two countries. On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu will visit the Taj Mahal and then attend the annual "Raisina Dialogue" geo-political conference, news agency AFP reported.

Netanyahu accompanied Modi nearly throughout his three day trip in July of previous year, an honour generally reserved for Presidents of Israel's close ally the United States. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to set up start-ups, according to an official.

Foreign policy experts in New Delhi said Modi had made significant changes in diplomatic and strategic ties with Israel while at the same time retaining links with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

In April past year the two countries signed a military deal worth almost $2 billion which includes the supply of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology.

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