Jerusalem, February 10, 2004

FM Shalom Meets with Indian FM Yashwant Sinha
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

 FM Shalom Meets with Indian FM Yashwant Sinha-Feb 10- 2004

 FM Shalom Meets with Indian FM Yashwant Sinha-Feb 10- 2004

FM Silvan Shalom meets with Indian FM Yashwant Sinha in Delhi
(Feb 10, 2004)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom just concluded a meeting with his colleague Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha. During the meeting, FM Shalom expressed his satisfaction with the depth and breadth of Israel’s relationship with India and emphasized that in light of the importance of these relations, Israel decided to reopen its consulate in Mumbai.

Foreign Minister Shalom praised the existing cooperation between the two countries in the field of counter terrorism and said that Israel also attaches great importance to business activities between the two countries. Since India and Israel established relations in 1992, trade has grown from US$ 2 million to US$ 1.567 billion (end of 2002). Israel wants to expand economic cooperation in the fields of agriculture, technology and bio-technology.

The two leaders discussed India’s voting pattern in the United Nations. Foreign Minister Shalom expressed his conviction that India, given its international stranding, can take the lead in changing the pattern of anti-Israel resolutions.

FM Shalom also raised the issue of the Torah that the Calcutta synagogue wants to bring to Israel. As this issue is very significant to the Jewish community, he asked his colleague to speed up the process.

At the close of the meeting FM Shalom invited the Indian Foreign Minister to visit Israel.