With COVID & Indo-Pacific on agenda, Joe Biden to host in-person Quad summit on Sept 24; PM Modi to attend

The White House has confirmed that US President Joe Biden would host the first-ever in-person Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) summit on September 24 which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The high-level meeting will also be attended by other QUAD leaders – Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga.

The ministry of external affairs confirmed that PM Modi would be participating in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC.

“As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, they 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 MEA said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the QUAD leaders would discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis and also hold discussions on promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will host the first-ever Quad Leaders Summit at the White House on September 24. President Biden is looking forward to welcoming to the White House Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan,” the White House press secretary said.

Psaki stressed that the Biden government is focused on elevating the Quad a priority and it was evident with the first-ever Quad Leaders-level engagement through video conference in March 2021.

The four leaders discussed regional and global issues of shared interest, and exchanged views on practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

“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,” Psaki said.

PM Modi will also address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, 2021 in New York.

What PM Modi said at Quadrilateral leaders’ virtual Summit in March

While thanking President Viden for the initiative, “We are united by our democratic values, and our commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Our agenda today – covering areas like vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies – makes the Quad a force for global good. I see this positive vision as an extension of India’s ancient philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which regards the world as one family. We will work together, closer than ever before, for advancing our shared values and promoting a secure, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific. Today’s summit meeting shows that Quad has come of age. It will now remain an important pillar of stability in the region,” PM Modi had said.


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