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U.S., India, Saudi Arabia, And EU Announce A Significant Rail And Port Agreement At The G20 Summit


U.S., India, Saudi Arabia, And EU Announce A Significant Rail And Port Agreement At The G20 Summit
On the eve of the G20 conference in New Delhi, world leaders unveiled a multilateral rail and port agreement connecting the Middle East and South Asia.
The agreement comes at a crucial time as American President Joe Biden works to oppose China's Belt and Road initiative on global infrastructure by positioning the United States as an alternative partner and investor for poor nations at the G20 summit.
Biden called it a "real big deal" that it would connect ports on two continents and create a "more stable, more prosperous, and integrated Middle East."
He said that it would open up "endless opportunities" for renewable energy, clean electricity, and installing cable to connect villages at a ceremony when the agreement was announced.
The summit's host country, India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stated: "Today, as we embark upon such a big connectivity initiative, we are sowing the seeds for future generations to dream bigger."
According to Jon Finer, the U.S. deputy national security advisor, during the bloc's annual summit in New Delhi, the accord will benefit low- and middle-income countries in the area and enable the Middle East to play a crucial role in international trade.
According to U.S. authorities, it will facilitate the flow of energy and trade from the Gulf to Europe by reducing shipping delays, costs, and fuel use by connecting Middle Eastern countries by train and connecting them to India by port.
The European Union, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and other G20 partners were scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding for the agreement.
“Linking these key regions, we think, is a huge opportunity,” said Finer. No immediate details of the value of the deal were available.
The action coincides with American efforts to broker a wider Middle Eastern diplomatic agreement that would see Saudi Arabia recognise Israel.
According to Finer, the agreement "addresses a conflict where we see it" and "turns the temperature down across the region" from the American perspective.