India-Israel Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Agreement
(January 11, 2012)
India and Israel have decided to step up their counter-terrorism coordination strategy in the wake of Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's visit to the Jewish state. Krishna's visit made him the first Indian external affairs minister to visit Israel in over a decade, and while there he met with top Israeli government and defense leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Besides agreeing to work to boost their counter-terrorism cooperation, the two countries signed an Extradition Treaty and a pact on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners.
The Indian Minister highlighted the problems faced by both India and Isreal due to terrorism. "So 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," Krishna said in comments that came in the backdrop of increasing cooperation between Tel Aviv and New Delhi in the field of homeland security and defense.
Israeli PM Netanyahu 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.”
Source: Voice of America; Hindustan Times; IBN Live