NSO can’t sell products to non-govt actors, says Israeli Ambassador
Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon on Thursday said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India’s internal matter.
The Israeli Ambassador’s remarks came a day after the Supreme Court set up a three-member expert committee to inquire into the alleged use of Pegasus spyware for surveillance of Indian citizens.
NSO creates technology that helps government agencies prevent and investigate terrorism and crime to save thousands of lives around the globe.
Gilon said, “The NSO is a private company and it has a license to sell its software to the government entities only.”
“This is an internal issue of India and I can’t speak beyond this point. This is the only main requirement that… under the requirements, they cannot sell it to non-governmental actors“, Gilon added.
Referring to the explosion that took place last year near the Israeli embassy in Delhi, he said that the perpetrators are yet to be nabbed; however, the investigating agencies of both countries are cooperating with each other.
Talking about the newly-formed QUAD with Israel, India, the US and UAE, the Ambassador said it is totally an economic forum based on mutual cooperation among the participant countries.
Talking about Afghanistan, Gilon said that the country should not be used for extremism. He commented, “There should not be any human rights violation and women and children should not suffer there.”
Saying that Israel is a technologically sound country but it cannot go for industrial manufacturing, the partnership between India and Israel can work better for industrial productions.
Sharing the details of the recently-concluded visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, he said that the visit was most successful in terms of bilateral relations. Jaishankar met all important Ministers of the Israeli government and also met the Indian Diaspora, the Indian Jews who have recently settled there.
“It was a very warm visit, very friendly which I think emphasized the strategic partnership declared during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Israel. I think that the visit was in the spotlight of 30 years of diplomatic relations which we are going to celebrate on January 29 next year,” Gilon added.
“We are thankful to the Government of India for providing security to all embassy personnel,” Gilon said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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