Context: The I2U2 initiative will hold its first virtual summitin July 2022.
The new I2U2 initiative, 'I2' stands for India and Israel, whereas ‘U2’ for USA and the
In October 2021, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries took place when External Affairs of India was visiting Israel. At that time, it was called the ‘International Forum for Economic Cooperation’.
The India-Israel-US-UAE grouping, which met for the first time under a new framework in October 2021, dealt with issues concerning maritime security, infrastructure, digital infrastructure and transport.
After the Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, I2U2 was founded in October 2021 aiming to address marine security, infrastructure, and transportationchallenges in the region.
India will be able to enhance its relationship with Israel without disturbing its ties with Arab countries like UAE through Abraham Accords.
The I2U2 initiative is also coined as ‘West Asian Quad’.