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India and Israel on Wednesday signed seven agreements, including three on space cooperation, following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
A Plan of Cooperation was signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) regarding cooperation in atomic clocks.
Both ISRO and ISA signed a MoU on cooperation in GEO-LEO Optical Link. ISRO and ISA signed another MoU on cooperation in electric propulsion for small satellites.
An MoU was signed between the Department of Science and Technology, India, and the National Technological Innovation Authority, Israel, for setting up an India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F).
India's Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation signed an MoU with Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources on a national campaign for water conservation in India.
An MoU on state water utility reform was signed between the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources of Israel.
The two sides also signed the India-Israel Development Cooperation on a three-year work programme in agriculture from 2018 to 2020.
Soon after the agreements were signed between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and Israel have agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and growing radicalisation.
"India has suffered first hand the violence and hatred spread by terror, so has Israel," Modi said while jointly addressing the media with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu after delegation-level talks.
"The Prime Minister and I agreed to do much more together to protect our strategic interests and also cooperate to fight growing radicalization," Modi said.
Modi, who arrived in Israel on Friday, is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Middle Eastern country. The two countries are celebrating this year the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.
Modi said the goal of India and Israel was to build a relationship that reflected the shared priorities and drew on the enduring bonds between people of the two countries.
"We regard thriving two-way trade and investment flows as the bedrock of a strong partnership."
He said he and Netanyahu had productive discussions not only on bilateral cooperation but also on issues of global peace and stability.
On people-to-people ties, Modi said that while there had been an increase in the number of Israeli tourists visiting India, more and more Indian students were coming to Israel for higher studies.
Netanyahu said Modi's visit had been "a deeply moving moment" for him personally.
He said while the Israel-India match was a match made in heaven, he and Modi had agreed to go ahead with their plans with "feet firmly planted on the ground".
"We are being challenged by the forces of terrorism. We will cooperate in this area," he said.
Netanyahu said he and the Indian leader discussed cooperation in many areas, including agriculture and water management.