- India-Israel announce agreements in different sectors
- Deals take ties beyond much-discussed defence deals
- PM Modi and Netanyahu's joint statement takes strong stand on terror
The two leaders presented a series of agreements between India and Israel for cooperation on satellite technology, water and agriculture, as well as the creation of a $40 million innovation fund.
The agreements are part of efforts to extend relations in civilian areas between both countries, with Israel already selling India an average of $1 billion per year in military equipment.
But the joint statement issued by both leaders was preceded by personal anecdotes to signal their close friendship. Mr Netanyahu said a long-ago date at an Indian restaurant was followed by a marriage that has lasted 26 years. PM Modi thanked Mr Netanyahu's wife and the Israeli premier for the dinner they hosted for him last night.
But there was enough accomplished to lend weight to a trip that has been big on optics and has changed India's foreign policy - this is the first visit ever to Israel by a serving Indian premier.
Greater cooperation on terror is one of the big takeaways. PM Modi said, "Both of us have suffered first hand violence of terror and we agreed to do much more together to protect our interests."
The joint statement calls for taking strong measures against terror organisations, their networks and all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism or providing sanctuary to terrorists.
PM Modi's visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations.
Israel, constantly searching for allies at the United Nations and for new business partners, has portrayed the visit as a major diplomatic victory.
Israeli analysts have noted that PM Modi has chosen not to Ramallah to meet Palestinian leaders during his three-day stay, as is common for visiting dignitaries.
"I have a feeling that today India and Israel are changing our world and maybe changing parts of the world," Mr Netanyahu said after talks with PM Modi in Jerusalem.
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