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Visit of EAM Shri SM Krishna
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H.E. Mr. S.M. Krishna the Minister of External Affairs of India paid an official visit to Israel from January 9-10, 2012. The Minister began his official program on 9th January by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem which perpetuates and documents the Holocaust. He laid a wreath at the memorial in memory of the Holocaust victims.

On January 9, the Minister called on H.E. Shimon Peres, President of Israel and discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. The two leaders discussed issues such as cooperation in science & technology, water management, agriculture and combating terrorism. They also discussed recent developments in South Asia and the Middle-East.

That evening, the Minister of External Affairs and Mr. Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel were Chief Guests at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of India. At the reception, the Minister launched celebrations of the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Among the invitees were representatives from the Parliament, Government, corporate sector, media, academia and Indian community.

On January 10, the Minister met H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, at a 90-minute breakfast meeting in the Prime Minister's office. In this meeting, EAM and PM Netanyahu reviewed the bilateral relationship and charted out areas of cooperation for the future including energy, trade, agriculture and human resource development. They also had the opportunity to review regional and international developments of mutual interest.

EAM thereafter met Foreign Minister Liberman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the latter hosted a lunch in his honour. The two Ministers reviewed ongoing bilateral cooperation and identified areas of cooperation for the future. The delegation level discussions provide an opportunity for the two Ministers to discuss recent developments in the Middle-East and South Asia. The two Ministers signed an Agreement for Reciprocal Extradition of each other's nationals; and an Agreement for Transfer of Sentenced Persons respectively. They also addressed the media at a joint media interaction.

Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance called on EAM. In this meeting, the two Ministers reviewed the economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries, including status of the Free Trade Agreement, the proposal for a Joint R&D Fund, and other initiatives.

The Minister visited the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem which dates back to the days of the revered Sufi saint Baba Farid. He announced a special grant of US$ 25,000 by the Government of India for setting up a Baba Farid Heritage Centre at the Indian Hospice.

The Minister visited the Cemetery for Indian Soldiers in Jerusalem which was used from July 1918 to June 1920 and contains graves of 79 Indian servicemen of the First World War. The Minister laid wreaths at the memorials for Indian Soldiers and signed the Visitors Book.





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