An Israeli delegation headed by Ambassador Naor Gilon met with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday where the two sides discussed cooperation in the fields of defense, police modernization, agricultural modernization and provision of better irrigation facilities for farmers and drinking water in Bundelkhand district.
While meeting the delegation at his official residence in the state capital, the Prime Minister said that relations between India and Israel have touched new heights in recent years and that UP is ready to play a positive role in improving mutual relations between the two countries.
The Prime Minister said that in cooperation with Israel, two Centers of Excellence have been established in the Basti and Kanuj districts of Uttar Pradesh, both of which are achieving success in their goals.
He said the plan aims to establish a new center of excellence in the field of horticulture and vegetable production. “In this work, too, we will get the necessary cooperation from Israel,” he added.
During the meeting, the Ambassador of Israel also congratulated Yogi Adityanath on his unprecedented victory in the recent assembly elections and spoke about his useful experience working with UP.
During the talks, Gillon said that Israel and India have strong strategic ties. “With Uttar Pradesh, we are playing a good ally in many fields. In the near future, Israel will cooperate with Uttar Pradesh in various fields including defense production,” he said.
The Prime Minister, while welcoming the delegation, said that the bilateral relations between India and Israel are getting stronger as the two countries have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations for more than 30 years.
Yogi Adityanath said the Defense Industrial Corridor being established in Uttar Pradesh is full of investment opportunities for Israel. “We have vast land and sufficient human resources. We provide all the necessary resources to investing companies interested in defense production. This is a good platform for Israel. He added that Israel has good experience in UAV and anti-drone technology and should consider investing in the UP Defense Industrial Corridor.”
CM said that Uttar Pradesh has one of the largest civilian police forces in the world. We are working on a plan to modernize our police force. Israel can help us in this work. Israel can also be a good ally in strengthening forensic laboratories.
Yogi Adityanath said UP is the most populous state in India with a population of Rs 25 crore and there is also a big market here. Besides agriculture, there is huge potential for development in food manufacturing in the state. He said that Israel could present its proposals in this regard.
The prime minister said the state government is developing a medical equipment complex on the Yamuna Industrial Highway near Delhi and that Israeli companies are invited to invest here.
Referring to a new project proposal in Bundelkhand district in the field of irrigation and drinking water with technical cooperation from Israel, CM said that its feasibility report has been released and soon the detailed project report will be ready. The success of this project will be beneficial to the farmers of Bundelkhand, and “Har Ghar Nal Yojana” will succeed in achieving its objectives.
The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his time and for the constructive meeting, saying that Israel and the Government of India have strong strategic relations, which became more prominent after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in 2017 and the two countries will work together in new territories.
The Government of Israel, along with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, will continue the work they are doing in agriculture and irrigation, improving water availability and water conservation to increase farmers’ income. Uttar Pradesh and Israel will speed up the process through joint efforts.
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