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India, Israel sign 'white shipping' pact to share info on navy, cargo ships

Indian Navy Chief's Sunil Lanba's trip to Israel comes ahead of PM's visit to the country next month

Press Trust of India  |  Jerusalem/New Delhi 

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and on Monday signed a "white shipping" agreement to improve data sharing on non-classified or cargo ships, as Indian Navy Chief Admiral with top brass of Israeli defence forces to further deepen bilateral military ties.

The agreement was signed by Admiral Lanba and Chief of the General Staff of Israeli Defence Force Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot after their meeting during which they explored ways to further deepen bilateral defence and security ties.

In their talks, they deliberated on overall security situation in the region and deliberated on various aspects of defence cooperation between the two countries.

"Adm S Lanba CNS calls-on & interacts with Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of the General Staff, Israeli Defence Force," Indian Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma tweeted, along with a photograph of the meeting.

Lanba, who reached in yesterday, also Major General Udi Adam, Director General of Israel's Defence Ministry during which various issues relating to bilateral security cooperation figured.

The Indian Navy Chief's trip to comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to the country next month.

Lanba also visited the headquarters of Israeli Defence Forces.

He is scheduled to meet the Commander-in-Chief of Israeli Navy, Commander of Israeli Air Force, Commander of Israeli Ground Forces and a number of high-ranking officials of Israel's defence ministry.

Defence ties between and have been growing rapidly and a raft of mega deals including procurement of an air defence system for the Indian Navy are likely to be sealed during Modi's upcoming visit which will be the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation.

is the largest buyer of Israel's military hardware and the latter has been supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years, but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains.

The much-awaited deal for Barak-8 air defence missile systems for the navy and procurement of Spike anti-tank missiles for the are expected to be firmed up during Modi's visit.

The Indo-cooperation in naval sphere has witnessed an upswing in the last few years.