The two Prime Ministers discussed developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. They reaffirmed their support for the rapid resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a comprehensive negotiated solution on all outstanding issues, based on mutual recognition and effective security in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region. In July 2017, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel, cybersecurity was identified as an important area of cooperation. An agreement was signed a year later, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India. The two sides are working together to put in place a five-year work plan for strategic cooperation in agriculture and water. The two sides also agreed to deepen cooperation in the areas of innovation, economics and trade, space, homeland security and cybersecurity, higher education and research, science and technology, tourism and culture. The two Prime Ministers welcomed the launch and implementation of development cooperation between India and Israel, a three-year agricultural work programme (2018-2020), led by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) and the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, to increase farmers` productivity and optimize water efficiency. The two Prime Ministers were briefed on the progress of the work carried out in the 28 centres of excellence jointly established in different states of India and noted with satisfaction that seven other centres of excellence have been established in the last six months since the Indian Prime Minister`s visit to Israel. The two prime ministers will visit the Vadrad Centre of Excellence in Gujarat and inaugurate the Bhuj Centre of Excellence in Gujarat during this visit.
“Deepening cooperation with India is another important step in the fight against global cyber threats,” said Unna. “Deepening cooperation with India is another important step in the fight against global cyber threats. Israel can draw on its experience in India with cyberattacks,” said Unna der PTI after signing the agreement announcing the signing of the Protocol on Operational Cooperation in Cyber security, declared the Indian embassy`s Twitter grip as a “new normal” by “reaching newer heights.” Recognizing the important contribution that the Indian facilitators have made to Israel, the two Prime Ministers agreed to begin negotiations in 2018 in order to move forward as quickly as possible and to reach both sides with satisfaction to conclude a bilateral agreement that will soon be concluded. In this context, an Indian delegation will be invited to Israel in the first half of 2018. According to the statement issued by INCD, India and Israel have been cooperating in cybersecurity since 2018. The new agreement is an opportunity to reaffirm the mutual commitment between the two countries. MoU and INCD, signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), a unit of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, are deepening operational cooperation between the two parties and will expand the scope of information exchange on cyber threats to increase the level of protection in this area.