JERUSALEM, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers of the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India decided to form a quadrilateral forum for economic cooperation, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
The move was agreed in a Zoom conversation held late on Monday between Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, it said.
The ministers agreed to form joint working groups to facilitate possible cooperation in various fields, including transportation, technology, maritime security, economy and trade.
"The intention is to hold another meeting of the four ministers in the coming months at the Expo in Dubai in order to discuss the products of the working groups," the statement read.
The U.S. Department of State said in a separate statement that the four top diplomats "discussed expanding economic and political cooperation in the Middle East and Asia, including through trade, energy cooperation, combating climate change, and increasing maritime security."
The ministers also discussed "people to people ties in technology and science, and how to support global public health in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," it added.
Blinken reiterated the Biden Administration's support for the Abraham Accords and new regional and global collaborations. Enditem