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After Israeli president, senior minister to visit India

NEW DELHI || Hot on the heels of the Israeli Presidential visit, Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Ofir Akunis will visit Delhi and Bangalore from 5-8 December, 2016.

Minister Akunis is visiting India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Shri Harsh Vardhan, whom he will meet on Tuesday, December 6th. He will be accompanied by Member of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Yaakov Perry (former Minister of Science, Technology and Space), Member of Knesset Michal Rozin, Member of Knesset Yitzhak Vaknin, Director General of the Ministry Science, Technology and Space, Mr. Peretz Vazan and Mr. Avi Blasberger, Head of the Israel Space Agency.

bhuopLeading up to his visit, Minister Akunis said, “Deepening the relations between India and Israel are a critical strategic goal for both countries. I am visiting India, a true friend of Israel, to broaden the scientific and technological cooperation between our countries. India and Israel are at the forefront of technology worldwide and we will continue to ensure they remain so.”

In New Delhi, the Minister will inaugurate an exhibition titled “Israeli Discoveries and Developments That Influenced the World” organized by the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, and visit the India International Science Festival at NPL. The cross-party Israeli delegation is expected to meet Indian parliamentarians from both coalition and opposition, as well as visit the Gandhi Memorial in Rajghat.

In Bangalore, the Minister will deliver a special address at The Global Technology Summit, meet with the Minister of ITDT of the State of Karnataka and visit the India Institute of Science.

Speaking on the upcoming visit of Minister Akunis, Israel’s Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon said, “Israel has proven time and again that it is India’s Technological Partner. Our ecosystems of innovation and technology do not compete but rather complete each other. Solutions created in the Development Laboratory that is Israel, are adapted to answer the shared challenges India and Israel face together.”