India & Israel sign 7 agreements on water, agriculture & innovation, none on defence
'This is a marriage made in heaven but we are implementing it here on earth,' said PM Netanyahu in his joint statement with Modi. ? Photograph: (Twitter)
India and Israel signed seven agreements on Wednesday after talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
The agreements are on water conservation, agriculture, innovation, and space.
There were no agreements on defence.
"Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agriculture," said PM Modi at the joint statement the two leaders made.
The two countries also agreed to work together on combating terror.
"We are being challenged by forces of terror. We have agreed to cooperate in this area," said PM Netanyahu
"India has suffered first-hand the violence and hatred spread by terror, so has Israel," said PM Modi
"The bonhomie that has been a feature of this visit continued.
"This is a marriage made in heaven but we are implementing it here on earth," said PM Netanyahu
"This is a deeply moving moment for me. We are making history," he added.
Modi took on the tone of a global statesman.
"Our talks focused on not just areas of bilateral opportunities but also how our cooperation can help cause of global peace and stability," Modi said.
At a ministry of external affairs media briefing after the joint statement, Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar said Israel -- with its expertise in water management, agriculture, and innovation -- was the perfect country for India to partner with.
The Israelis, he said, were not only very good at developing new products but also at taking them to market.
Explaining the lack of defence deals -- India is one of the largest buyers of defence equipment from Israel -- Jaishankar said many of those are signed between companies, rather than between countries.