Hiroshima. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India is ready to host the next Quad (Quaternary Security Dialogue) meeting in 2024. In his inaugural address at the Quad meeting held on the sidelines of the Group of Seven Summit (G-7 Summit) in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Prime Minister Modi said, “We will be happy to host the Quad Summit in India in 2024.”
Prime Minister Modi said this while addressing leaders of Quad members America, Australia and Japan. The primary objective of this group is to work for a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The meeting was attended by US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
‘QUAD is an important platform for ensuring peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region’
On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Indo-Pacific region is the ‘engine’ of global business, innovation and development and its success and security are important to the entire world. With this, he said, ‘Quad has emerged as an important platform for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.’
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The prime minister said that the success and security of the Indo-Pacific region is important to the entire world and ‘we are moving forward on a constructive agenda and democratic principles’. “Through united efforts, we are giving reality to our vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
The Quad countries have issued a joint statement against terrorism
At the same time, leaders involved in the Quad Summit issued a joint statement saying, ‘We unequivocally condemn violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations, including terrorism and cross-border terrorism. We are committed to international cooperation and will work comprehensively and sustainably with our regional partners to strengthen our capacity to prevent, detect and respond to threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism in line with international law.
In it, the Quad member states also said, ‘We are committed to working together to increase the accountability of the perpetrators of such terrorist attacks. We condemn the terrorist attacks, including the 26/11 and Pathankot attacks in Mumbai, and reiterate our commitment to the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee’s designation as appropriate.’
Significantly, the Quad Summit is being held on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Hiroshima. The first Quad Summit was scheduled to take place in Australia on May 24. But a proposed meeting of the leaders of the Quad countries in Sydney was canceled after US President Joe Biden postponed a trip to Australia to focus on the country’s dire economic crisis.
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First Published: May 20, 2023, 20:14 IST