18 Sep, 2020 09:15 am

Decoding the impact of Abraham Accords on Indian subcontinent

The first signs of realignment in the Arab world were seen during the Islamic Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2019. This event saw the participation of leaders from Turkey, Iran and Qatar as well as representatives from other Muslim countries of the region.

Saudi Arabia, de facto leader of the Muslim world and Pakistan, heavily dependent on its largesse, were conspicuous by their absence.Further, reports have also surfaced suggesting diplomatic and intelligence co-operation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, possibly to counter the common threat of Iran and the rising stature of Turkey in the Ummah.These developments are likely to lead to a realignment in West Asia with Turkey, Iran and Qatar forming one group and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Egypt and Israel forming the other group.In this grouping, Qatar, whose diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have been severed since June 2017, is a natural partner and financer.

In that case, Imran Khan's Pakistan cannot think of taking sides against the oil rich Saudi Arabia -- which has agreed to commit $20 billion to create sustainable projects in Pakistan and likely to provide good returns in future.To this end, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, "We have followed the Abraham Accords signed in Washington DC by UAE, Bahrain, Israel and the US.

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