The new grouping I2U2, where “I” for India and Israel and “U” for the US and UAE, is an initiative of Washington, in which the United States will hold a virtual summit on July 13 to 16th 2022, while visiting West Asia, as this is the part of the efforts of President Joe Biden’s administration to revitalize and reactivate the alliances of America across the world. Earlier, in October 2021, when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was visiting Israel for a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries took place and at that time it was called the ‘International Forum for Economic Cooperation’ and they dealt with the issues that are concerning with the maritime security, digital infrastructure, transport and infrastructure.
To discuss the issues such as the food security and other sectors of cooperation, the four leaders of these countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israeli Prime Minister Neftali, US President Joe Biden, and UAE President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will attend the first virtual summit of the I2U2 grouping.
The State Department spokesperson Ned Price, during his daily news conference, told the reporters that each of the I2U2 member countries is an innovative technology hub and especially India he mentioned that India is a massive consumer market. Thus, it is a massive producer of high-tech and highly sought-after goods as well. So, there are several areas where these countries can work along with each other, whether it is trade, climate, technology, COVID-19 and even security issues.
The officials further mentioned that “We consider these initiatives as the central to our strategy of empowering partners and encouraging them to work more closely together which will lead to a more stable region and also to security and prosperity of Israel over the longer term.
He stated that the part of the future meetings will approach not only to start the re-energizing and revitalizing of the US system of partnerships and alliances across the world but also to stitch the continuing partnerships that previously did not exist or were not make the most to their full extent. He further focused on the importance of several other areas, such as the importance of biotechnology and gave more deepening economic and trade ties between these countries, especially when it comes to the relationship between Israel and the UAE. In recent years, these two countries deepen their relationship that is also included in the economic realm.
President Biden will be going to visit the region of the Middle East from (July 13 to 16th 2022) with the first stoppage in Israel it will be the first official visit of President Biden and earlier it was when he was a young senator and that was 50 years back. During the coming trip, Biden will be engaging with several of his counterparts in three stops, namely Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia and this will be an engagement globally very important. These initiatives are indicating that the US believes in and demonstrates the return of American leadership to bring the countries together to address the common challenges and threats, which the US can uniquely do.