NEW DELHI: India and Israel today inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cybersecurity, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held extensive talks to strengthen ties in the strategic areas of defence and counterterrorism.
Modi also invited Israeli defence companies to India for co-production in the sector.
India and Israel will strengthen the existing pillars of cooperation in areas such as agriculture, technology and security, Modi said at a joint media event with Netanyahu.
On his part, Netanyahu described Modi as a "revolutionary" leader.
"You are revolutionising India and also relations between India and Israel," Netanyahu said, addressing Modi.
The two prime ministers, accompanied by their respective senior Cabinet colleagues, held delegation-level talks during which they also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.
You are a revolutionary leader, you have revolutionized India and catapulting this state to the future, your visit to Israel was groundbreaking as it was the first time an Indian leader visited: PM #Netanyahu to PM Modi #NetanyahuInIndia pic.twitter.com/zs4xbuajwg— ANI (@ANI) January 15, 2018
Apart from a pact on cybersecurity, the agreements included cooperation in the oil and gas sector, film-coproduction as well as amendments to an air transport pact.
Netanyahu, who arrived here yesterday, will also visit Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his six-day stay in India.