India, Israel, US, UAE are I2U2, summit next month

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India, Israel, US, UAE are I2U2, summit next month

  • The US PRESIDENT will host a virtual summit with the PM of India and Israel and President of UAE during his visit to West Asia from July 13 to 16.

Middle East Quad/West Asian Quad

  • The US administration said the new grouping will be called "I2U2" – "I" for India and Israel and "U" for the US and UAE.
  • In October 2021, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries took place when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was visiting Israel.
  • At that time, it was called the 'International Forum for Economic Cooperation'.
  • This time, the meeting will take place at the level of heads of government/state - an upgrade.
  • The US will also focus on Israel's increasing integration into the region,
  • Through the Abraham Accords with UAE, Morocco and Bahrain.
  • Through deepening ties between Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
  • Through an entirely new grouping of partners including Israel, India, UAE and the United States(I2U2).

Area of Discussion

  • Food security crisis and other areas of cooperation.
  • Role of UAE and Israel as important innovation hubs.
  • Issues concerning maritime security.
  • Infrastructure, digital infrastructure and transport.

Other similar initiatives by the US

  • Quad (India, US, Japan and Australia)
  • AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) and
  • Quadrilateral dialogue with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Prelims Takeaway

  • West Asian Quad
  • Quad
  • Abraham Accords