Foreign ministers of US, UAE, India and Israel to hold virtual meeting

The United States, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and Israel are set to build on the momentum created by the Abraham Accords by holding the first virtual meeting of their foreign ministers on Monday.

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting on Monday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Ministers Yair Lapid of Israel and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed of the UAE. The tweet reads “Discussed working together more closely on economic growth and global issues. Agreed on expeditious follow-up," Jaishankar, who is currently on a visit to Israel, was seated next to Lapid during the virtual meeting.

The four top diplomats discussed "future opportunities for collaboration in the region and globally", as well as maritime security, said a statement from State Department spokesperson Ned Price. They also talked over "expanding economic and political cooperation in the Middle East and Asia, including through trade", the statement added.

Earlier at his daily briefing in Washington, Ned Price said: "Obviously this is a collection of four countries -- the US, the UAE, Israel and India -- with whom we share many interests." India has close relations with all three countries. After the US pulled out its troops from Afghanistan, China, which borders that country, is exerting its influence there with an eye on projecting its power beyond.

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