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Pegasus spyware issue is India’s internal matter, says Israel’s envoy Naor Gilon | Latest News India

Israeli ambassador Naor Gilon on Thursday mentioned his nation permits the sale of spyware reminiscent of Pegasus solely to governments, however declined to debate the alleged use of the programme in India on the grounds that it is an internal matter.

Gilon’s remarks got here a day after the Supreme Court arrange a three-member knowledgeable committee, to be supervised by a former choose, to inquire into the alleged use of Pegasus for surveillance of Indian residents.

The high courtroom famous that the problems raised within the matter concern “the potential chilling effect” on the precise to privateness and mentioned the state’s energy to conduct surveillance within the title of nationwide safety is not absolute.

“NSO [Group] is a private Israeli company. I was dealing with it in the past. Every export of NSO or [such companies] needs an export licence of the Israeli government. We grant this export licence only [for] exporting to governments,” the envoy mentioned in response to questions on the Pegasus issue at his first information briefing after presenting his credentials.

“This is the only main requirement that… under the requirements, they cannot sell it to non-governmental actors. What’s happening here in India is an internal thing for India and I [would] rather not go into your internal matters,” Naor Gilon mentioned.

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The Supreme Court mentioned on Wednesday that the technical committee will go into points associated to the precise to privateness, process adopted for interception, and involvement of international companies in conducting surveillance on Indian residents.

It additionally highlighted that “in a democratic country governed by the rule of law, indiscriminate spying on individuals cannot be allowed except with sufficient statutory safeguards, by following the procedure established by law under the Constitution”.

Naor Gilon additionally addressed different points in the course of the briefing, reminiscent of Israel’s views on India’s relations with Iran and an investigation into the bombing exterior the Israeli embassy in New Delhi earlier this year.

He mentioned Israel was working in shut cooperation with the Indian authorities to seek out the perpetrators behind the bomb blast. “We don’t know the identity of the perpetrators yet. It is an ongoing investigation,” he mentioned.

Responding to questions on India’s relations with Iran, he mentioned, “We are very much aware that India has its own interests when it comes to Afghanistan and Iran. They were also put forward by your side, but it’s very natural. I think that in discussions between countries, especially between friends… each country puts forward its own concerns and each country has its own interests, and then you see over time how it circles down, how it comes out…”

He additionally mentioned Israel is “very clear about Iran”. He added, “Over time, we see how it plays out. But in general, [we had] a very open discussion. And as I said before, many of the evaluations on what’s happening were similar. I’m not saying the interests are always the same. Each country has its own interests and… always friends work to make it more adjustable.”

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