US President Joe Biden will host a digital summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan throughout his go to to West Asia from July 13 to 16.
A senior US administration official informed reporters in a background name Tuesday that the brand new grouping might be known as “I2U2” — “I” for India and Israel and “U” for the US and UAE.
In October 2021, a gathering of the international ministers of the 4 nations befell when Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was visiting Israel. At the moment, it was known as the ‘Worldwide Discussion board for Financial Cooperation’. This time, the assembly will happen on the degree of heads of presidency/state — an improve.
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The US official, whereas briefing on Biden’s go to to Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia subsequent month, stated, “The go to may even give attention to Israel’s growing integration into the area, each via the Abraham Accords with UAE, Morocco and Bahrain; via deepening ties between Israel, Jordan and Egypt; and in addition a completely new grouping of companions together with Israel, India, UAE and america — what we name I2U2.”
“We think about these initiatives central to our technique of empowering companions and inspiring them to work extra carefully collectively, which is able to result in a extra secure area and in addition to Israel’s safety and prosperity over the long term. Secretary Blinken, simply final month within the Negev in southern Israel, met with counterparts from Abraham Accord companions UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, along with Jordan and Egypt, highlighting these deepening regional partnerships,” the official stated.
“Importantly, a few of these new partnerships attain past the Center East, and on this regard, the President will maintain a digital summit with the I2U2 heads of state for discussions of the meals safety disaster and different areas of cooperation throughout hemispheres the place UAE and Israel function vital innovation hubs,” the official stated.
“The President seems ahead to this distinctive engagement with Prime Minister Bennett of Israel, Prime Minister Modi of India and President Mohammed bin Zayed of the UAE,” the official stated.
The India-Israel-US-UAE grouping, which met for the primary time underneath a brand new framework in October 2021, handled points regarding maritime safety, infrastructure, digital infrastructure and transport. At the moment, Ahmed Albanna, Ambassador of UAE to India, had referred to the brand new grouping because the ‘West Asian Quad’.
The Biden administration has launched or upgraded a number of multilateral initiatives since January 2021 together with the Quad (India, US, Japan and Australia), AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) and a Quadrilateral dialogue with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.