Standoff With China Figures Prominently In India-Israel Defence Talks: Report

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke along with his Israeli counterpart Lt Gen Benjamin Gantz on Friday

New Delhi:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a telephonic dialog along with his Israeli counterpart Lt Gen Benjamin Gantz throughout which India’s standoff with China in japanese Ladakh figured prominently, authorities sources mentioned.

The primary focus of the talks was speedy implementation of ongoing defence procurement programmes in addition to additional growth of general defence and safety ties between the 2 international locations, they mentioned.

“India’s standoff with China in japanese Ladakh figured prominently when the 2 Defence Ministers delved into the evolving regional safety state of affairs,” the sources advised information company Press Belief of India.

They mentioned points referring to procurement of assorted weapons and ammunition by India from Israel on a fast-track mode was mentioned throughout the dialog.

Mr Singh apprised Lt Gen Gantz about main reforms initiated by India within the defence manufacturing sector and known as for higher participation of Israeli defence companies in joint improvement of weapons and navy {hardware} with Indian corporations, the sources advised information company PTI.

India has been the most important purchaser of Israel’s navy {hardware} and the latter has been supplying varied weapon techniques, missiles and unmanned aerial autos over the previous few years however the offers have largely remained behind the curtains attributable to nationwide safety causes.

In a press release, the Defence Ministry mentioned Mr Singh and Lt Gen Gantz expressed satisfaction on the progress of strategic cooperation between the 2 international locations and mentioned potentialities of additional strengthening the defence engagements.

“In addition they expressed satisfaction on the ongoing collaboration in analysis and improvement in combating pandemic COVID-19 which won’t solely profit the 2 international locations but in addition assist the bigger humanitarian trigger,” it mentioned.

The Defence Ministry mentioned Rajnath Singh invited higher participation of Israeli defence corporations underneath new liberalised overseas direct funding (FDI) regime in defence manufacturing.

“The 2 ministers exchanged views on regional developments. Defence Minister of Israel responded positively to an invite from Singh to go to India on the earliest alternative,” it mentioned.
 

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