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In new ‘Quad’ meet with U.S., Saudi Arabia, UAE, Doval discusses infrastructure plans in Gulf

  • Published
    9th May, 2023
Context
  • Recently, Saudi Prince and Prime Minister hosted a special conference of the National Security Advisers (NSAs) of India, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to facilitate Gulf infrastructure initiatives.

Key-highlights:

  • During the conference, Quad members discussed ways to expand bilateral connections and linkages in order to boost growth and stability in the Gulf region.
  • According to a U.S., the meeting sought to “advance their shared vision of a more secure and prosperous Middle East region interconnected with India and the world”.

Counter to China

  • The quadrilateral meetings on infrastructure were meant to provide a counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The project is a plan to connect Gulf countries via a railway network and connect to India via shipping lanes from “two ports” in the region.
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