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        1/21/2014, Shevat 20, 5774

      PM and Harper Sign Free Trade Pact


      CTV News reports Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to boost economic and political ties between Canada and Israel and expand the free trade pact between the two countries during a meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

      The two leaders signed a new partnership agreement, says CTV News, that looks to enhance defense and security relations and develop more business links and closer academic ties in the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding.

      "Canada and Israel enjoy a special friendship based on freedom, justice, democracy and the rule of law, underpinned by strong and growing people-to-people ties," Harper said in a statement released Tuesday, adds CTV News.

      CTV News notes he said the partnership agreement will also allow for stronger relations in security, energy and the promotion of human rights, as well as being a sign of "goodwill" between both countries.