Israeli Major General Yaakov Barak visits Northern Command HQ

India and Israel have decided to enhance cooperation between their armies. The issues of mutual interest were discussed in a meeting between General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Northern Command Lt Gen Devraj Anbu and visiting Israel’s Chief of Ground Forces Command Major General Yaakov (Kobi) Barak  at Indian Army’s Northern Command in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

Maj Gen Yaakov heads the Technological and Logistics Directorate in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

The visit of the top Israeli army commander to Northern Command comes three months after PM Narendra Modi visit to Israel. During PM Modi’s visit, both sides vowed to fight against the menace of terrorism.

The Israeli military official was accompanied by his wife Orit Barak and Defence Attaché and Deputy Defence Attaché from their Embassy in New Delhi,

Colonel NN Joshi, the spokesman at the Northern Command headquarters has said, “The delegation expressed full satisfaction in further pursuing enhanced cooperation between both countries. Mrs Orit Barak accompanied by Mrs Gowri Anbu, Regional President of Army Wives Welfare Association, Northern Command also paid a visit to Asha School at Udhampur.”

India and Israel established diplomatic ties in 1992. The two sides enjoy an extensive economic, military and strategic relationship. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second largest supplier to India after Russia. Military and strategic ties between the two nations extend to intelligence sharing on terrorist groups and joint military training.