Biden Says India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor Could Be Reason for Hamas Attacknewsbhunt


Last Updated: October 26, 2023, 12:49 IST

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U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he hosts Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an official State Dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2023. (Reuters)

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he hosts Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an official State Dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2023. (Reuters)

Biden told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese that his analysis is based on his instinct

US President Joe Biden has asserted that one of the factors behind the recent terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel could be related to an ambitious infrastructure project announced during the G-20 Summit in New Delhi. The India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEC), launched earlier this year, aims to connect the entire region through an extensive railroad network.

Speaking to reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, he said, “I’m convinced one of the reasons Hamas attacked when they did — and I have no proof of this; just my instinct tells me — is because of the progress we were making towards regional integration for Israel and regional integration overall. And we can’t leave that work behind.”

The IMEEC, which many see as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, was jointly announced by the leaders of the US, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy and the European Union on the sidelines of the G20 summit in September. The corridor comprises an eastern corridor connecting India to the Gulf region and a northern corridor connecting the Gulf region to Europe.

This is the second time in less than a week that Biden has mentioned the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor as a potential reason for the October 7 attack by Hamas that killed more than 1,400 people and the lethal military response that has claimed thousands of lives in Gaza.

(With agency inputs)



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