Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is on a three-day visit to India to attend the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) India-Israel Business Forum and meet with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. This visit comes after the country’s Economy Minister Nir Barkat visited India in April to strengthen bilateral ties.
India and Israel have been strengthening their bilateral ties in various sectors of collaboration. In recent months, there have been visits by high-level Israeli officials to India, including that country’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Israeli Economy Minister Nir Barkat, and that country’s Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana.
During Cohen’s visit, he held a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and attended the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) India-that countries Business Forum. He also visited Agra and Mumbai to attend programs before returning to that country. The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute organized a special interaction with Cohen on May 9 in New Delhi, according to a statement by CII.
India and Israel Deepen Ties in 2022
Barkat, during his visit in April, emphasized the long-standing friendship between the people of India and that country, with Jews feeling safe and secure living and doing business in India for over 2000 years. He also highlighted the “friendly” relations between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and emphasized the need to focus on business growth and the exchange of technology.
In late March, Ohana and the parliamentary delegation visited India where an MoU on the first cooperation and exchange of information agreement between the parliaments of that country and India was signed. Ohana visited the Parliament House and spoke with Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar there. The Knesset Speaker and the parliamentary delegation also held a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi to discuss strengthening India-Israel ties and promoting cooperation in I2U2.
In 2022, India and that country will commemorate 30 years since their bilateral ties were upgraded to full diplomatic connections, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. They have established bilateral consultation mechanisms in all sectors of collaboration, including water, agriculture, counter-terrorism, and defense.
India and Israel Strengthen Friendship and Cooperation
The visits of high-level Israeli officials to India reflect the strong friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The focus on business growth and the exchange of technology between India and that country is an indication of the potential for further strengthening of bilateral ties. With the deep trust between the two nations and their collaboration in sensitive fields, India and that country are likely to continue their strong partnership for years to come.
India and that country share many similarities, including a history of struggle for independence, a vibrant democracy, and a commitment to secularism. India is the world’s second-largest Muslim-majority nation and has a large population of Jewish people as well. Israel has a significant Muslim population and has been a pioneer in various fields, including agriculture, water management, and technology.
In recent years, India and that country have increased their economic and trade cooperation, with a focus on innovation and technology. Israeli companies have established a significant presence in India, and Indian companies are also investing in that country. The two countries have also collaborated on various defense projects, including missile defense systems and unmanned aerial vehicles.
India and Israel Collaborate on Agriculture Innovation
India and that country’s cooperation in the field of agriculture has been particularly noteworthy. that country has developed innovative techniques for water management and agriculture in arid regions, which can be useful for India, which faces significant challenges in these areas. In recent years, that country has been assisting Indian farmers in adopting Israeli agricultural practices and technologies.
The visits of high-level Israeli officials to India and their focus on business growth and the exchange of technology reflect the strong partnership between the two countries. India and that country’s collaboration in various sectors of cooperation, including agriculture, water management, and defense, is likely to continue to strengthen in the coming years.