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India, Israel to boost cooperation to combat extremism

PM Modi said that the two leaders deeply value their strong and growing partnership to secure their societies.

IANS | New Delhi |

India and Israel on Tuesday
said the international community must act with with resolve against terror
networks and states that harbour them and agreed to boost cooperation to combat
the forces of extremism and radicalisation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held talks with visiting Israeli President
Reuven Rivlin here, said that engagement between India and Israel was
multi-dimensional and wide-ranging. 

He said the two leaders deeply value their strong and growing partnership to
secure their societies.

“Our people are constantly threatened by forces of terrorism and
extremism. We recognize that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no
boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organized crime,”
Modi said in a joint briefing with the Israel president. 

Without naming Pakistan, Modi said “Regrettably, one of the countries of
its origin and spread is in India’s neighbourhood.”

“We agreed that the international community must act with resolve and
determination against terror networks and states that harbour them. Failure to
act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists,” he said. 

In his remarks, Rivlin said India and Israel stand together in defending their
people and values against the threat of terror.

“Nothing can justify terror. Terror is terror,” he said. 

“Israel and India are threatened by terror because we uphold the values of
freedom. We stand together in defending our people and values,” Rivlin
said. 

He also invited Modi to visit Israel.

Earlier in the day, Rivlin was accorded a ceremonial reception at the
Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rivlin arrived in India on Monday on a week-long state
visit — the first by an Israeli President in nearly 20 years.

Rivlin will visit Taj Mahal in Agra on Wednesday and also visit a water
treatment plant in Sikandra. He is also scheduled to visit Chandigarh. 

In his remarks, Modi said the two countries agreed to broadbase their growing
defence partnership.

“We agreed that the international community must act with resolve and
determination against terror networks and states that harbour them. Failure to
act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists. We agreed to
intensify our cooperation to combat the forces of extremism and radicalisation
that threaten all peace-loving nations,” he said.

He said the two countries also prioritised practical and specific engagement
such as in the cyber domain.

Modi said Israeli companies can scale up their tie-ups with flagship schemes of
Make in India, Digital India, Skill India and Smart Cities as the current
trajectory of the Indian economy offered promising opportunities for
them.

He also said that the growing number of Indian students, going to study in
Israel and the vice versa, can be an important bridge in the bilateral
partnership.

“Two and a half decades of our friendship has brought rich dividends for
both our nations. It has also strengthened voices of peace, stability and
democracy globally,” said Modi, pointing to the two countries celebrating
25 years of full diplomatic relations next year.