QUAD nations pledge to free Indo-Pacific of Chinese influence

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New Delhi: Australia is set to host India, Japan and the United States for the 4th Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on Friday and top diplomats seek increased cooperation in areas including the economy, security, the coronavirus pandemic and a free and open Indo-Pacific. are doing.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) is a partnership of four countries, each sharing a commitment to openness, transparency and challenges emerging from the current global order.

This is the first time since the two Quad summits last year that the Quad foreign ministers are meeting. Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne will be joined by Indian Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the positive and ambitious agenda of the Quad.

They will discuss the ongoing Quad cooperation in their bilateral phone calls and meetings. As there is a strong bilateral cooperation between the four countries, they are building their institutional ties to take forward Quad cooperation in areas such as health, infrastructure, space, education etc.

Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne, who hosted the four ministers, said she looked forward to welcoming foreign ministers from all four countries to discuss our positive and ambitious agenda in support of a safe and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

The Australian Government quoted Payne as saying, “Together we are a vital network of liberal democracies committed to practical cooperation and to ensure that all Indo-Pacific nations, large and small, are able to make their own strategic decisions.” are capable.” Press release.

“We will continue to work to deepen this practical cooperation, including to help our region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on vaccine delivery, cyber and critical technology, countering propaganda, countering terrorism in our region. Will discuss our work together on combating, maritime security, humanitarian and disaster response, and climate change,” he added.

Payne said the Quad Partners will continue to support ASEAN’s centrality to the stability and prosperity of the region, including supporting the pragmatic implementation of ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

This is the third individual meeting of the Quad foreign ministers after Tokyo in October 2020 and the inaugural meeting in New York City in September 2019. The last meeting of the ministers was in February 2021.

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar will attend the 4th Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on February 11.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release that Jaishankar will make an official visit to Australia from February 10-13 at the invitation of his Australian counterpart Maris Payne.

The MEA said that this would be his first visit to Australia as Foreign Minister.

First published:February 11, 2022, 8:29 am

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