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Israel keen on cooperation with Punjab in agri, dairy, security

The ambassador told the chief minister that Israel is interested in expanding ties with Punjab beyond government- to-government relations by extending business opportunities for the Israeli private sector.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:18 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh with Israel’s ambassador to India Daniel Carmon in New Delhi on Friday.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh with Israel’s ambassador to India Daniel Carmon in New Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo)

Israel on Friday showed interest in strengthening cooperation with Punjab on a wide range of subjects, including agriculture, irrigation, exchange of technology, police and security training, dairy farming and promotion of private investment.

At a meeting between chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Israel’s ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, in Delhi, the two sides decided to explore the possibility of setting up Punjab-Israel working groups for continuous dialogue on issues of mutual interest. The CM promised to take up the matter with the external affairs ministry, after the Israeli envoy suggested the formation of such groups for long-term cooperation, Raveen Thukral, media adviser to the Punjab CM, said in a statement.

The chief minister’s chief principal secretary Suresh Kumar, director general of police Suresh Arora, additional director general (intelligence) Dinkar Gupta, special chief secretary (horticulture and forests) Himmat Singh and the state’s resident commissioner in Delhi Rahul Bhandari were among those present in the meeting. The Israeli ambassador was accompanied by deputy chief of mission Dana Kursh and first secretary and political affairs adviser Adva Vilchinski.

Carmon told the CM that his country was interested in expanding ties with Punjab beyond government-to-government relations by extending business opportunities for the Israeli private sector and showed interest in technological cooperation, with the possibility of setting up an IT and communications hub in the state. Amarinder also expressed keenness to involve the private sector to boost irrigation and improve the yields of small farmers by encouraging them to shift towards horticulture.

He also suggested to Israel to set up an agriculture implements-manufacturing facility in Punjab, besides helping the state in providing effective cold storage solutions for the agricultural produce.