Benjamin Netanyahu is in India for a six-day visit

Ahmedabad: Innovation has played a major role in bringing India and Israel closer, and sentiments of mutual development is crucial for a better future of both countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

"Innovation has played a great role in bringing the people of India and Israel closer," PM Modi said after the inauguration of iCreate centre in Ahmedabad. "Israel's technology and creativity influence the entire world. Innovators in India can benefit from the areas related to the Indian needs."

He said water conservation, agriculture production, storage facilities, food processing, less-water farming in deserts and cyber security were among the issues where India could partner with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was present at the event.

"Israel has proved that it is people's dedication and not the size of a country that takes it forward," PM Modi said.

Talking about cooperation in agriculture and exchange of genetic resources and information between these countries, PM Modi said: "This kind of cooperation and sentiments of mutual development are very important for a bright future of both countries."

The Prime Minister said there were enormous opportunities in "waste to wealth" area.

"Also, there will be exchange between start-ups in both countries." 

The Prime Minister stated that he wanted Israeli cooperation when iCreate was established "to get benefits of Israel's experience and provide a start-up environment to youth in the institution".