China Tensions Top Israeli Defense Minister Gantz' India Visit

Israel's Gantz and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh agree to advance joint military training, weapons research and development

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Defense Minister Benny Gantz meets Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz meets Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.Credit: Virender Singh
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz kicked off his official visit to India Thursday, marking 30 years of diplomatic relations and security cooperation between the two countries.

Gantz and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh discussed strengthening security cooperation, advancing joint military training and the research and development of weapons technology, according to a statement.

"India and Israel share common challenges in the spheres of border protection and the war on terror — together we can strengthen each of our countries security and economic interests," Gantz said.

Security tensions between China and India were one of the main issues discussed. Israel recognizes that the Chinese threat could induce India to purchase Israeli cyber and border-defense technologies.

Gantz began his official visit at India's memorial for fallen soldiers, arriving after at the country's Defense Ministry where he was received by an honor guard and Singh.

During their meeting, Gantz and Singh exchanged a memorandum of understanding marking 30 years of security relations.

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