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‘I2U2’ good model for practical cooperation: PM Modi

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks while delivering joint statements with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Modi met earlier today in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By: Shelbin MS

Four-nation grouping ‘I2U2’ has established a positive agenda and its framework is a good model for practical cooperation in the face of increasing global uncertainties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at the first virtual summit of the coalition

With US President Joe Biden, Israeli PM Yair Lapid and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan listening, Modi said the grouping would make an important contribution in areas of energy security, food security and economic growth

The grouping is known as ‘I2U2′ with “I” standing for India and Israel and “U” for the US and UAE

“I2U2 has set a positive agenda right from today’s first summit. We have identified Joint Projects in many areas, and have also prepared a roadmap to move forward in them,” Modi said

The prime minister said it has been agreed to increase joint investment in six key areas of water, energy, transport, space, health and food security under the framework of the I2U2

“It is clear that the vision and agenda of “I2U2″ is progressive and practical. By mobilizing the mutual strengths of our countries – Capital, Expertise and Markets – we can accelerate our agenda, and contribute significantly to the global economy,” he said

The prime minister said the cooperative framework of the grouping is a good model for practical cooperation in the midst of increasing global uncertainties

“Our cooperative framework is also a good model for practical cooperation in the face of increasing global uncertainties,” he said

“I am confident that with “I2U2″, we will make significant contributions to energy security, food security and economic growth on a global scale,” Modi said

Later, the leaders of the grouping announced an investment of USD 2 billion to develop a series of integrated food parks across India and a plan to set up a 300-megawatt hybrid renewable energy project in Gujarat

“India will provide appropriate land for the project and will facilitate farmers’ integration into the food parks,” they said in a joint statement

“The US and Israeli private sectors will be invited to lend their expertise and offer innovative solutions that contribute to the overall sustainability of the project. These investments will help maximize crop yields and, in turn, help tackle food insecurity in South Asia and the Middle East,” it said

The I2U2 grouping was conceptualised during the meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries held on October 18 last year

In his remarks, President Biden said the UAE’s investment to develop integrated agricultural parks across India with the support of the American and Israeli private sector experts has the potential to sustainably increase India’s food yields by “threefold in just five years”

“The first two projects that we’re tackling together on food security and clean energy are designed to take on two of the most urgent crises affecting people around the globe,” he said

He further added: “India is a major, major food producer in the world.? Think of the beneficial impacts this (food parks project) will have on India’s farmers and the people suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the region.” PTI MPB


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