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Israeli defence delegation meets Rajnath

Israeli defence delegation meets Rajnath
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A five-member Israeli delegation led by Defence Minister Mr. Moshe Ya’alon met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital to discuss “Homeland Security” on Thursday.

Singh has identified Cyber Security including Cyber Forensics, and joint development of technology as thrust areas for cooperation in the areas of Homeland Security. “Our cooperation in Homeland Security is a reflection of our shared security needs,” Singh said.

While emphasizing strong bilateral ties with Israel in the Defence sector, he said, “We need to carry this collaboration forward. I would like ask Israel to take advantage of India’s raising FDI ceiling in Defence Sector to 49 percent since it’s a priority of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote manufacturing in India.”

Recalling his visit to Israel in November last year, Singh said, “Israel had expressed its desire to share cutting-edge weapons technologies with India. Both the countries are willing to move forward.”
While highlighting non-military bilateral trade crossed $4 billion last year during the period January-November, 2014, he said that India’s interest in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel was particularly in the Services Sector. “We would need a good offer in Services to make the FTA attractive for the Indian industry,” he added.

Meanwhile, Singh also chaired an inter-ministerial meeting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Urban Development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Law & Justice, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ananthkumar and Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad attended the meeting.
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