New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received a formal invitation from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to visit his nation at an early date.
"The Israeli Prime Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Israel at an early date after Prime Minister Modi said that he had visited in his earlier capacity as Chief Minister but he would hope that he could visit as the Prime Minister," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.
"The Prime Minister has said that he has taken note of it and this will be discussed further through diplomatic channels," he added.
Asserting that India and Israel have a very robust relationship, Akbaruddin said: "Our economic ties have been growing very rapidly. We have currently a trade of approximately USD six billion and growing very rapidly."
"The discussions were on how to expand these ties in view of the change in government in India. The areas of discussion related to agriculture, water management," he added.
Akbaruddin further said that there was a discussion in terms of defence ties, and added that Prime Minister Modi explained that under his new vision `Make in India` was a priority for him.
"He also explained that right now in the defence sector, Israel or any foreign company can invest up to 49 percent. And the Prime Minister made a pitch for investments from everywhere including from Israel, possibly given the market that we have and ability for our technologies to be absorbed in India," said Akbaruddin.
"In this context, the Israeli Prime Minister mentioned that there were areas of cooperation, for example in computer software," he added.
Akbaruddin further said that Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart also discussed matters related to cyber security.
"The importance that cyber security will play in any society, which will be driven through information technology and the possibilities of cooperation in that," he added.