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Israel backs India in expanded UNSC

Israel today said that India should get its rightful place in the expanded United Nations Security Council.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 19:31 IST

Israel on Monday said that India should get its rightful place in the expanded United Nations Security Council.

"There are many flaws in the UN system and these flaws needed to be removed and Security Council expanded to provide more representative character to it," Israeli Ambassador to India, David Daniele, told reporters in New Delhi.

He favoured that the world's largest democracy should get its rightful place in the Security Council.

On the Indo-Israel relations, he said they had been progressing in the right direction and bilateral trade between the two countries stood at $2.5 billion last year.

"Our target is to take it to $5 billion by 2008," he said, adding over 100 Israeli companies were doing business in India.

On the menace of terrorism faced by both the countries, he said his country was satisfied with cooperation with India in this field.

On the controversy over the IAEA resolutions, the Israeli Ambassador said it was not a bilateral issue between Iran and Israel and needed to be resolved to the satisfaction of the overwhelming majority of international community.

Reiterating his country's stand, he said Hamas was a terrorist group and Israeli government did not recognise it.

The Ambassador, who is here in connection with the ongoing agri-expo where Israel has put up a stall, saw a great potential for involvement of agro-technology companies of his country in Uttar Pradesh.

"There is a great scope for Israeli agro-technology companies to expand their base in Uttar Pradesh where agriculture is the main vocation," he said, adding Israeli companies were already involved in states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.