Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to the US to take part in the first in-person summit of the leaders of the Quad countries—India, Australia, Japan and the US—on September 24. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden will also take part in the summit.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Quad Summit being hosted by the US will be used as a platform to discuss regional issues of shared interest. Also, the leaders will review the progress made after the first virtual summit of the Quad leaders on March 12.
Key issues to be discussed at Quad Summit
As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year.
They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, climate change and education.
“The summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.
What the US said
The Quad meeting comes after President Biden’s image has taken a battering over the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
PM Modi to address UNGA
PM Modi will address the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25 in New York. The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.
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