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India to seek Israeli expertise in managing borders
India's Union Home Minister to visit Israel on a four-day trip in November 2014.

Pushing Mr. Narendra Modi's government's agenda to take relations with Israel to the optimal level, Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh would leave for Jerusalem on November 5 for four-day visit.


During the high level visit, whose base has already been prepared by the National Security Advisor Mr. Ajit Doval with his Israeli counterpart Mr. Joseph Cohen, India is all set to engage with Israel to gain expertise in various fields related to counter terrorism skills, advance surveillance system (especially on the borders) forensic science and latest investigations techniques, sources said.


After meeting with Mr. Singh and Mr. Doval last week, Mr. Cohen had conveyed his country's willingness to expand cooperation in all fields and in any level and the two sides had also decided to come together to deal with common challenges.


The big leap in relations with Israel had come last month when PM Mr. Modi met his counterpart Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu in New York who told Mr. Modi that Israel was "excited about the possibilities of stronger ties with India, and the sky was the limit."


A few days before, the Mr. Modi government had approved $144 million deal for the purchase of 262 Israeli-made Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles.


Mr. Singh will meet Israeli prime minister Mr. Netanyahu on November 6 as part of four-day trip and will also hold several important parleys including one with the Israeli interior minister.


"Israel that protects its borders from grave threats on all sides with the help of excellent surveillance equipment can come very handy in getting India rid of its serious border problems at both western and eastern flanks, that includes both land and sea border. We are keen to get their expertise in this field as both eastern and western borders are highly infiltration prone and Israel has mastered the technique to stop infiltration," said a senior government source.


Israeli equipment may also come handy to keep a tight vigil. Similarly, India can also learn a lot from Israel on how to keep common threats like al Qaeda at bay by adopting counter-terrorism skills and also how to take investigations forward by tackling forensics challenges, sources said.


Possible threats emerging from Afghanistan, especially in the post NATO forces pull out scenario, are also likely to be discussed during Singh's visit.


Source: Daily News & Analysis 


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