The US and the EU have backed an ambitious plan to build an economic corridor linking Europe with the Middle East and India via rail and sea, a project the US president, Joe Biden, described as a “really big deal”.

The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, and the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the project during a Saturday afternoon session at the G20 leaders’ summit, being held in Delhi this weekend.

Modi said the India-Middle East-Europe economic corridor promised to be “a beacon of cooperation, innovation, and shared progress”. Biden said it was a “game-changing investment”.

Von der Leyen described it as “much more than just a railway or a cable”. “It is a green and digital bridge across continents and civilizations,” she said.


The planned corridor would link India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Israel, and the EU through shipping ports and rail routes in an effort to make trade quicker and cheaper and to boost economic cooperation and digital connectivity across the region.

The project, called the Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment, could speed up trade between India and Europe by 40% and help normalise relations between Israel and the Gulf states, which the Biden administration has been pushing for. (The GUardian)