US, India, Middle East and EU to Join Forces for Joint Infrastructure Plan
The US announced a plan to become part of a joint infrastructure plan with India, Middle Eastern countries and the European Union. The plan would connect those countries with a network of railways and sea routes. This development comes at a time when China is building its influence across the energy-rich region.
US Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer stated that the US, India, and Gulf States had been collaborating on the infrastructure plan quietly. The plan includes linking the Middle Eastern countries by rail, and connecting India with Europe through shipping lanes from various ports in the region. The plan is more than just an infrastructure project, but is intended to turn the temperature down of conflicts that have been occurring for years and help build economic prosperity for the regions involved.
The US has been attempting to counter President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, which has heavily invested in emerging markets. US allies, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been strengthening ties with Beijing, which led to the two OPEC exporters joining the BRICS group of emerging-market nations. Through this plan, the US, India, and Middle Eastern countries hope to remain at the forefront of global connectivity and commerce.
The implementation of this plan demonstrates the US’s commitment to provide stability and economic prosperity in the Middle East. With several countries joining forces, they are able to reduce security risks and further promote positive relations in the region. Overall, all countries involved are dedicated to filling “a damaging global gap” and strengthening the connections between them all.
The full details of the plan have yet to be released, but with the US, India, and Middle Eastern countries coming together, this is a huge step forward for the region.