QUAD: Resolve to work for an open Indo-Pacific, condemn terrorist attacks in India
According to the Joint Declaration, the Quad is helping resilient regional neighbors and combating propaganda. The meeting reaffirmed the support of the Quad country ministers to coordinated efforts to ensure resilient cyber security and to help partners of the Indo-Pacific to combat cybercrime.
The Foreign Ministers of the Quad Group also pledged to enhance cyber threats and counter-terrorism cooperation in the Australian city of Melbourne. In a joint statement, they pledged to provide humanitarian relief, disaster assistance and infrastructure development in the region.
It also condemned North Korea’s destabilizing ballistic missile launch in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The ministers also pledged to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the regional countries. Without naming China, the joint declaration said that we oppose coercive economic policies and practices that go against this system.
Message to China: India, America, Japan and Australia emphasize the strength of shared democratic values
After the fourth meeting of foreign ministers of the Quad countries, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne held a press conference after the meeting in Melbourne. In it, Payne said, the Quad foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for the principles of openness, protection of national sovereignty, adherence to rules and fairness. This is being seen as a message to China.
Jaishankar said the talks made it clear that the close bilateral ties between the Quad countries, their strategic coordination and shared democratic values, have made the Quad a vibrant and strong grouping. We are building an agenda that advances a shared vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
Indo-US relations defining development of this century: Jaishankar
“The changing India-US relationship in this century has indeed been a very defining development,” Jaishankar said during bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
“We have made a lot of progress and it is all due to the fact that we all have put a lot of time, energy and attention towards it,” he said. This happened because we have a strong bilateral relationship.
He said, of course, for us, the changing India-US relationship in this century has indeed been a very defining development. So, I welcome the opportunity to sit down with you.
agreed on vaccine supply
Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said, the meeting reviewed Quad’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and agreed to expeditiously supply safe and affordable vaccines. He tweeted, “Long and fruitful day in Melbourne. The fourth meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Quad has just concluded. I am happy with the progress we have made.
Working on several joint projects: Morrison
In the meeting, Australian PM Scott Morrison said, “We live in a very fragile and conflicting world and there is no more like-minded partner in our Indo-Pacific region than the people gathered here.” He said, I mean economic partnership – cooperation and human participation. He said, the Quad countries are working together on many common projects.
Quad countries condemn terrorist attacks in India, 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot mentioned
The meeting of the Quad countries is being held in Melbourne, Australia. The Quad countries have expressed their condemnation of terrorist attacks in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. At the same time, he on Friday condemned the use of terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism and urged countries to work together against terrorism. The Quad countries ensured that they would eliminate terrorist safe havens, disrupt terrorist networks and infrastructure and financial channels.
A joint statement issued after a meeting of the Quad foreign ministers called on all countries to ensure that the territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks. In this quad meeting which included the foreign ministers of India, Australia and Japan and the foreign ministers of the United States of America.
“We condemn the use of terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism and urge countries to work together to eliminate terrorist safe havens,” the statement said.
Will deepen maritime cooperation for regional stability, supply chain: Blinken
Emphasizing on the security of Quad partners, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, Quad will discuss ways to deepen maritime cooperation. This is important for both regional stability and supply chains. Blinken made this remark in front of foreign ministers associated with the Quad, including Australian PM Scott Morrison. These included Jaishankar from India, Maris Payne from Australia and Yoshimasa Hayashi from Japan.
Concern over China’s grandeur and Ukraine crisis
Extensive talks between foreign ministers of the Quad group took place in Melbourne amid rising tensions between Russia and NATO countries over Ukraine, the Afghan crisis and China’s predicament in the Indo-Pacific region. Whether there is a crisis in Ukraine or not is not immediately known, but during this meeting with the Quad foreign ministers, Australian PM Scott Morrison spoke in the context of the current geopolitical development. During this, Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne said that the meeting discussed cooperation in terrorism, vaccination, maritime security and climate change.