Virtual summit of Quad leaders

On 3rd March 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a virtual summit of Quad leaders, along with U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Highlights of the summit

  • The leaders reviewed the progress on Quad initiatives since the 2021 Quad Summit.
  • The leaders agreed on accelerating the cooperation to achieve concrete outcomes by the summit in Japan.
  • They discussed the developments in Ukraine, including the humanitarian implications.

Statements of PM Modi

  • PM Modi emphasized the need to return to a path of dialogue and diplomacy.
  • He reiterated the importance of adhering to the UN Charter, international law, and respect for sovereignty.
  • He also stressed that the Quad must remain focused on its core objective of promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • He called for concrete and practical forms of cooperation within the Quad, in areas like Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR), debt sustainability, supply chain resilience, connectivity, and capacity-building.

About Quad

  • Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) or QUAD is a strategic security dialogue between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia. It is considered as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power.
  • China issued formal diplomatic protests to QUAD members and called it “Asian NATO”.
  • Shared vision of Quad members is “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” and a “rules-based maritime order in the East and South China Seas.”
  • Quad’s first in-person summit was held in Washington in September 2021.
  • Japan is scheduled to host the next in-person summit of the Quad later this year.

This virtual meeting of Quad assumes significance amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine and western sanctions on Russia.

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