Indian PM Modi meets Israeli Foreign Minister on FTA
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the strengthening of strategic relations between India and Israel.
With PM Modi, the Israeli Foreign Minister discussed expanding the Abraham Accords and also promoting a free trade agreement.
"India is a world power, the fifth largest economy and the most populous country in the world. I spoke with PM Modi about strengthening the strategic relations between the countries, expanding the Abraham Accords, and promoting a free trade agreement that will boost Israel's economy" Cohen's tweet reads.
Both countries noted the progress in I2U2 and held wide-ranging discussions on cooperation in security, economy, technology, innovation, connectivity and health.
Foreign Minister Cohen also opened the CII India-Israel Business Forum. Three MoUs were signed during the event, marking a new era of cooperation and partnership between the business communities of both nations. Both countries also signed a letter of intent to establish two Centers of Water Technology in India.
A project called World on Wheels (WoW Bus) was launched by the Embassy of Israel in India aiming to facilitate digital literacy, personality development, and entrepreneurship training in rural parts of India.
Israeli Foreign Minister Cohen's three-day visit to India, however has been cut short due to the security situation in Israel following action by the Israel Army against members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.
Cohen, who arrived in India on May 9 on a three-day official visit, will now return to Israel after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Three senior members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement were killed by the Israeli army in an early morning bombing on May 9 in which explosions ripped through Gaza under 'Operation Shield and Arrow', The Times of Israel reported.