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India, Israel Sign MoU to Deepen Defense Cooperation

India, Israel Sign MoU to Deepen Defense Cooperation

Friday, 3 June, 2022 - 08:45
02 June 2022, India, New Delhi: Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh (L) receives Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (R) ahead of their meeting during his official visit to India. (Virender Singh/GPO/dpa)

India and Israel signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding to further deepen their long-standing defense cooperation.

The deal was inked during a meeting between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his visiting Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz.

Gantz later met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi for talks on regional developments and challenges and joint interests.

They also tackled international strategic affairs, industrial cooperation and cooperation in weapons research and development.

The MoU marks 30 years of security ties between their countries and agrees to build further cooperation, Gantz’s office said in a statement.

India and Israel had kicked off a series of meetings and events to mark their cooperation.

The ministers declared their intention to further develop defense cooperation in a manner that harnesses Israel’s "technological advance and operational experience", together with India’s "extraordinary development and production capabilities".

"Cooperation between the countries would be in line with Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision."

In addition, the ministers discussed partnerships within the government-to-government framework, military training, and technological cooperation with a focus on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and defensive capabilities.

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