Plans are in the works for Greece and Cyprus to connect to India in a plan that also involves Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
Effectively, the Mediterranean will connect to India via the Gulf.
At the upcoming 12th Sir Bani Yas Forum to be held in Dubai, the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are expected to discuss the plan.
WION has learnt that the project focuses on building a corridor that connects India to the Gulf and West Asia to the Eastern Mediterranean, which will link the region to Europe and be a game-changer.
The foreign ministers’ face-to-face meeting is expected to eliminate the roadblocks in this connectivity project, which currently is in the preliminary stages.
New Delhi has been taking a lead in several connectivity initiatives, from the Chabahar port project in Iran that links it to Central Asia and beyond; to the Kaladan Multimodal project in the east that connects it to ASEAN countries.
Chabahar is also key to the International north-south transport corridor connecting Mumbai to Moscow via Iran, Armenia and Georgia.