Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the mutual trust and determination among members such as the United States, Australia and Japan as a source of new energy and enthusiasm for democratic powers to expand the scope of the Quad despite the COVID-19 challenges has happened.
PM Modi said in his opening remarks before the Quad Leaders Summit, “Quad has made an important place for itself before the world in such a short period. Today, Quad’s scope has become extensive, its form effective. Our mutual trust and determination are giving new energy and enthusiasm to democratic powers.”
“At the Quad level, with our cooperation, a free, open and inclusive Indo Pacific Region is getting encouraged – it is the shared goal of all of us,” he added.
Despite the problematic COVID-19 situation, Prime Minister Modi said member countries had increased coordination in vaccine delivery, climate action, supply chain resilience, disaster management and economic cooperation.
The prime minister also congratulated Australian PM Anthony Albanese for winning the elections during his remarks. “Your presence amongst us 24 hours after taking the oath reflects the strength of Quad’s friendship and your commitment towards it.”
PM Modi, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are attending the 3rd Quad Leaders Summit in Tokyo at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Since their first virtual meeting in March 2021, an in-person summit in Washington, DC, in September 2021, and a virtual meeting in March 2022, the Quad leaders have met four times.
The Quad Summit provides an opportunity for leaders to discuss current global issues of mutual interest and the development of the Indo-Pacific region.
Leaders will assess the progress of the Quad Initiative and Working Groups, identify new areas for collaboration, and provide strategic direction and vision for future cooperation.