Israeli FM to Hold Online Summit With Indian, U.S., Emirati Counterparts

Top four diplomats will discuss future economic cooperation ■ Indian FM, visiting Israel, discusses free trade zone, COVID and solar energy

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Yair Lapid and Antony Blinken at a joint news conference in Washington on Wednesday.
Yair Lapid, Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyanin at a joint news conference in Washington on Wednesday.Credit: Andrew Harnik / AP
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The foreign ministers of Israel, India, the UAE and the U.S. will hold an online summit on Monday, as Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar visits Israel.

Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will discuss future economic cooperation between the countries with the other top diplomats.

Some 3.4 million Indian nationals live in the UAE today, most of them migrant workers. They make up approximately 30 percent of the country's population, as only about 1.5 million are Emirati citizens.

Israel, India and the U.S. seek significant economic cooperation with the UAE involving investment in Israeli technology and employment of Indian workforce in various projects.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who will take part in the summit later Monday, has stated in recent weeks that the U.S. is pushing for international cooperation agreements based on the Abraham Accords and would work to get additional countries to sign similar deals with Israel.

Israeli sources told Haaretz ahead of the meeting that the signing of the Abraham Accords bolstered Israel's standing internationally and has drawn political and economic interest among various countries.

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