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ALIGAR: “The political agenda of the Abraham Accord between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, signed between August and December 2020, normalizing diplomatic relations, was largely to contain the Iran’s influence in the region by introducing counter-influences and the deal is not only a victory for Israel and its people, it is indicative of a marked shift in Saudi Arabia’s control over the rest Gulf States,” said Professor Mohammad Gulrez, from the Department of West Asian and North African Studies, Aligarh Muslim University.

He was delivering the keynote address at the two-day international webinar on “Global Energy Transition and the Changing Regional Architecture in West Asia: Iranian and Indian Perspective”, organized by the Center for West Asian Studies, School of international studies, JNU, New Delhi. He was invited to chair the session on “Abraham Accord or Discord in the Region”.

Professor Gulrez highlighted the unstable geopolitics of West Asia and the unstable balance of power following the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world. He said the US administration’s rejection of the 2015 nuclear deal should be seen as a catalyst for influencing political relations between Israel and Arab states around the Persian Gulf.

He pointed out that in this scenario, India will have to play a very delicate and balancing role between the Arab Gulf and Israel, as around 8.5 million Indians reside in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and 55 % of remittances to India come from this region alone. India also imports nearly two-thirds of India’s hydrocarbon supply from the GCC countries.

“India welcomed the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel, calling on its two strategic partners. Nevertheless, it also made it clear that it will continue to support the cause of Palestine,” he said. he adds.

However, in order to ensure ironclad energy security, India must forge close ties with countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, other members of the six GCC states as well as Iran with whom it has long-standing cultural and economic ties, Professor Gulrez added.

The webinar was inaugurated by HE Dr. Ali Chegani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the keynote address was delivered by Professor Girjesh Pant, Former Vice-Chancellor, GSS University and Doon University.

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