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By Steven Scheer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and India are making ready to renew talks on a free commerce settlement, Israel’s Financial system Ministry mentioned on Monday, including that an Indian delegation had arrived in Jerusalem to debate framework guidelines and coordinate expectations for negotiations.

Final October, India and Israel agreed to renew free commerce talks with an intention of signing a deal by mid-2022.

Israel’s Financial system Ministry mentioned a senior group from India’s Trade and Commerce would meet with their Israeli counterparts to debate the bottom guidelines however didn’t say when precise commerce negotiations would resume.

Ties between Israel and India have grown nearer within the eight years since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in energy, and the 2 international locations have fashioned a lot of strategic, navy and expertise partnerships throughout that point.

Bilateral commerce between Israel and India totalled $6.3 billion in 2021 up from $200 million in 1992 when the 2 international locations opened diplomatic relations and Israel has emerged as one in every of India’s largest suppliers of weapons alongside the US and long-term companion Russia.

“We share comparable challenges in a variety of fields, from agriculture, local weather and water to homeland safety, fintech and cyber,” Israeli Financial system Minister Orna Barbivai mentioned in an announcement.

She referred to as the connection between the 2 international locations “strategic” and mentioned a free commerce deal would considerably enhance current collaboration.

Ron Malka, the ministry’s director common and former Israeli ambassador to India, mentioned within the assertion {that a} deal would ease commerce obstacles for Israeli corporations working in India, strengthen commerce and financial cooperation and assist the federal government in its efforts to decrease the price of residing.

Final month Israel signed a free commerce settlement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

India goals to signal new commerce offers with a number of international locations together with Australia, the UAE, Britain and Canada, to spice up exports and assist the nation recuperate sooner from its coronavirus-induced slowdown.