US President Joe Biden on Thursday held joint investment talks with Israel, India and the United Arab Emirates, as Washington seeks to counter China’s global reach.
The multilateral summit was held in Jerusalem where Biden is on his first visit to the Middle East as president, with leaders from India and the United Arab Emirates joining from afar.
During the summit the United Arab Emirates announced that it would invest 2 million euros (dollars) in agricultural projects in India, which would supply land.
Private firms from Israel and the US will also be invited to finance the scheme.
An Indian solar and wind power project in Jerusalem was also discussed.
Biden attended the summit before speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, during which the president said he wanted to secure American interests in the Middle East.
“I want to make clear that we can continue to take the lead in this area and not create a void, a void that is filled by China and or Russia, against the interests of Israel and the United States and many other countries. Is.” Biden said.
The president left for Saudi Arabia on Friday after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.
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