Perspective: Enhancing Cooperation in West Asia

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Enhancing Cooperation in West Asia. India, UAE, USA and Israel held their first quadrilateral foreign ministers meeting this Monday. This crucial meeting took place during External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s ongoing visit to Israel. While Jaishankar said that that economic growth and global issues were discussed at the meeting, US highlighted trade, climate change, energy, maritime security as the core points of debate, along with generally expanding economic and political cooperation in the region. A few days before this meeting the foreign ministers of Israel, UAE and US had also met in Washington DC. In September last year Israel, UAE and Bahrain had signed Abraham Accords brokered by the US which has subsequently led to normalising of relations between Israel and a number of Arab Gulf countries. While India-Israel relationship has transformed in to a strong alliance over the last few years, New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have also cultivated a deep and strategic allignment from diplomacy to military affairs. The US also continues to be the most important strategic and defence partner for Israel, UAE and India.

1- Ashok Sajjanhar, Former Ambassador
2- Prof. A.K. Pasha, Centre for West Asian Studies, JNU
3- Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Affairs Editor, Hindustan Times

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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