New big power interests are springing up in the Middle East, following visits by Presidents Biden and Putin.

By ZAMIR AWAN | September 2022

The Middle East is becoming a great attraction for superpowers. Makkah and Madinah are holy places for around two billion Muslims living in almost all corners of the world. It is a region blessed with natural resources, especially oil, and gas. The region is in instability and turmoil since the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in the heart of the Muslim world

Americans’ unlimited, unconditional, and illogical support has encouraged the state of Israel to opt for an aggressive attitude; it has kept on occupying Arab lands for almost seven decades. The State of Israel is a defaulter of UN, by not implementing the UNSC’s resolution of Palestine and crossing all limits of human rights violations.

The recent visit by the US President Joe Biden to the Middle East was aimed at strengthening Israel and facilitating it for further aggression. Unfortunate, his meeting with the Palestinian Authority was also arranged and he expressed his support for the two-state solution – one state for the Palestinians and another for Israel. His stopover in Jeddah was aimed at easing the supply of oil and controlling its prices in the international market. Although during his visit, oil prices dropped, but, it was an artificial and temporary phenomenon. A more sustainable energy solution is in the settlement of the Ukraine war, though the US is reluctant to seek a peaceful solution. Biden also met the GCC members in Jeddah and discussed matters of mutual interest.

One of the most important agenda points of his visit was Iran’s nuclear program. Although he desired to halt Iran’s nuclear program, and he was taking all possible measures based on sanctions, as well as adopting political and diplomatic means to achieve his goals. However, Israel wanted military action against Iran’s nuclear program. Israel insisted on the use of force and finally convinced President Biden to announce it too.

The creation of the I2U2 Group was also the outcome of this trip. It is an alliance among diverse nations with highly diverse interests. However, the American interest was to gang up against China and Russia.

Iran’s visit by Russian President Putin was a reaction to Biden’s visit. Putin’s visit has strengthened Russia’s strategic partnership and cooperation with Iran and covers almost all domains. Both countries are a victim of American imposed sanctions and have found common ground in strengthening cooperation and collaboration.

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The writer is former diplomat, editor, analyst and non-resident fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization). He can be reached at

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