Israel and Chile on Wednesday signed a series of agreements that further boosted the economic ties between the two countries.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.
Piñera, who is in Israel for the second time, is on an official three-day visit to the Jewish state.
The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a scientific cooperation program between Israel’s Science Ministry and the Chilean National Authority for Scientific and Technological Research.
The two sides also signed an aviation services agreement between the governments and a declaration of intent on health and medical cooperation between the two countries’ health ministries.
Another five agreements have already been signed during Piñera’s current visit.
Israel was represented by Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, Science Ministry Director General Ran Bar and additional senior officials, and the Chilean side was represented by Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation Minister Andres Couve, Foreign Ministry director-general Patricio Torres and additional senior officials.
Netanyahu, in his remarks to the press, noted that “Israel and Chile have a lot in common.”
“We share values of democracy and human rights. We share a belief in market economies and both of us have done a few things to promote these values in our respective countries. We believe in entrepreneurship. We believe in creativity. We have relatively small, not so small, but relatively small, very vibrant economies. It’s recognized by the countries in Latin America, Chile’s capacity in this regard just as the countries of the Middle East and the world recognize Israel’s capacities as an innovation nation,” he stated.
“We’ve achieved a lot separately, but I believe that we can achieve a lot more together,” he said.
Speaking of the signed agreements, he said they “push forward the capacities, the opportunities that we have to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges that we will do and we can do it better together.”
Netanyahu and his wife Sara, later on, hosted a dinner for Piñera and his wife Cecilia Morel.