A month after the foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral (Quad) grouping met in New York, officials from the group will meet on Monday — November 4 — with the objective to “advance openness and economic prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region” in the wake of pro-active and assertive Chinese activities, sources told The Indian Express.
Foreign ministers of India, US, Australia and Japan had met in the last week of September — the first time foreign ministers of the Quad countries had met. This format was an upgrade from the joint secretary-level officials.
The meeting of Quad officials – the fifth so far – will take place on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Bangkok.
Sources said officials are looking forward to “future productive discussions that will serve as a jumping-off point for even deeper cooperation in areas of mutual interest to the four countries and to friends and partners in ASEAN and beyond.”
While the foreign ministers’ meeting in September was “a significant elevation of the level of the dialogue”, sources said it demonstrated a shared commitment of the leadership to institutionalise this gathering of like-minded Indo-Pacific partners.
Officials said India’s emergence as a security provider in the region and a global actor, and it’s contributions to the safeguarding of a rules-based system in the Indo-Pacific have been recognised now as vital.
In Monday’s meeting, officials will reflect a shared commitment to uphold the rule of law, counter-terrorism cooperation, freedom of navigation, democratic values, and economic growth.
The grouping was revived in November 2017 after a decade.