India and Israel have decided to step up the counter-terrorism strategy besides boosting agriculture cooperation through technology. SM Krishna, the first Indian external affairs minister to visit Israel in over a decade, met Israel’s top leadership on Tuesday.
The two countries also signed an extradition treaty and a pact on transfer of sentenced prisoners as Krishna wound up his two-day visit here.
During his stay in Israel before travelling to Palestine, Krishna met the top leadership including Israel President Simon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, besides holding elaborate talks with his counterpart Avigdor Lieberman.
Both countries decided to increase their cooperation on counter terrorism.
“I think we will have to work out a strategy as how we address ourselves to the scourge of international terrorism, which has become a curse for the entire humanity. I think our efforts should be to checkmate it and ultimately eradicate terror from the face of the earth,” said Krishna.
Describing India as a natural ally of Israel in all frontiers of science, the minister said he looked forward to an increased economic content to the existing areas of cooperation.
Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, who hosted a breakfast meeting for Krishna, said, “India and Israel were two ancient peoples, seizing the future, in technology, in innovation, in enterprise. I think we can seize it even better by our cooperation.”
Krishna said terrorism was a problem that was being commonly faced by Israel and India. Netanyahu responded by saying he was looking forward to discussing areas of cooperation.
Krishna had also called on President Peres, who described India as the greatest democracy. He also said Israel wanted New Delhi to become a permanent member of the UNSC.
(With PTI inputs)