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India, Israel inks defence deal among others

| Updated: January 16, 2018 10:19:08

India, Israel inks defence deal among others

India and Israel have hailed the "dawn of a new era" in their relations after signing key deals in defence, agriculture and aviation sectors.

The deals were announced after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday.

Mr Netanyahu's visit comes a year after Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

He arrived in Delhi on Sunday for a six-day visit along with a 130-member business delegation.

The two countries also signed deals where they agreed to cooperate in areas including cyber-defence, security and science.

Netanyahu said the two nations had great potential to work together to improve the lives of their citizens. He also mentioned the 2008 Mumbai attacks in his statement.

The two leaders were careful to avoid comment on disagreements between the two nations.

Mr Netanyahu played down India's decision to vote in favour of a UN resolution opposing the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"I don't think one vote affects the general trend and you can see it in many other votes that we have had here. Naturally, I'm disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts," he told the India Today website.

The leaders also did not comment on India's decision to cancel a $500mn anti-tank missiles deal with Israel.

India and Israel have had diplomatic relations for 25 years, reports, BBC.

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