Jaishankar to join his counterparts from Israel, US and UAE for virtual meeting
Jaishankar, who is currently in Israel on his maiden visit to the country, will hold a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will participate virtually, the Israeli foreign ministry confirmed.
''Economic cooperation, climate change, strengthening people-to-people ties and a coordinated effort to deal with COVID-19 is likely to figure in the discussions,'' sources here said, as a new quad post-Abraham accords seems to be in the making.
India had welcomed the agreement, saying it "has always supported peace and stability in West Asia which is our extended neighbourhood.'' India and Israel elevated bilateral relations to a strategic partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017.
Since then, the relationship between the two countries has focused on expanding knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, including boosting the 'Make in India' initiative, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement ahead of his departure.
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