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Israel seeks defence partnership boost with new government in India
21/05/2014
Israel is also keen to invest to boost India's infrastructure in the coming decade

Israel, one of India's key strategic partners, expects that it defence partnership including co-production of equipment and cooperation in the field of agriculture will get further boost following the anointment of new government at Delhi. 

The economically powerful West Asian country is also keen to invest to boost India's infrastructure in the coming decade, Alon Ushpiz, Israeli Ambassador to India, told Economic Times newspaper in an exclusive interview. Not many are aware that Israeli Port Cooperation is one of partners in building port at Nargol in Gujarat. Israeli companies are also involved in mega desalination projects in Seemandhra region and Tamil Nadu. 

"We have a long term vision in India. Our defence ties are no longer buyer-seller relationship. There is high level of trust and intimacy and we are now involved in co-production. This has been hallmark of bilateral ties and it is expected to expand under the new government at Delhi," Usphiz said, adding, "Bilateral cooperation in agriculture centre has been unprecedented. 20 centres of excellence have been set up in 10 Indian states to assist Indian farmers with state-of-the-technology. Eight more centres are in the pipeline. These centres provide tailor- made assistance to Indian farmers." 

 

India has also benefited from Israeli expertise and technologies in horticulture mechanization, protected cultivation, orchard and canopy management, nursery management, micro- irrigation and post-harvest management. The two countries are also currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement.

 

Source: THE ECONOMIC TIMES. NEW DELHI

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