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‘A force for global good’: PM Modi at first-ever Quad summit

The Quad grouping was revived in 2017, and it has been re-invigorated in the past few years, in the face of belligerence by China.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 12, 2021 10:31:27 pm
PM Narendra Modi, Quad summitA screengrab of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Quad summit on Friday. (Source: Narendra Modi/YouTube)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the first-ever Quadrilateral grouping’s leaders’ summit,  where US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga were present, asserted that the countries will work together to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

“We are connected by our democratic values and our commitment towards 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,” PM Modi said while referring to the world leaders as his friends.

Calling the meet an extension of the ancient Indian philosophy ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which regards the world as one family, the Prime Minister added, “Quad has come of age and will remain an important pillar of stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Following the meeting, Modi tweeted, “Had fruitful discussions with @POTUS @JoeBiden, PM @ScottMorrisonMP and PM @sugawitter at the 1st Quad Summit. Reiterated India’s commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific in line with our vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region.”

Meanwhile, speaking on the outcome of the Quad summit, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the countries have adopted a positive agenda focusing on contemporary issues such as vaccines, climate, emerging technologies.

“Quad nations have agreed to a plan to pool their financial resources, manufacturing capabilities and logistical strengths. The vaccine initiative that is aimed at ramping up manufacturing, distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region is most pressing and valuable. It also recognises our own manufacturing capacities and capabilities,” Shringla added.

The foreign secretary further said that the summit has set a benchmark for Quad’s future efforts and interests in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Quad summit is Prime Minister Modi’s first meeting with Biden, after the new US administration assumed office in January this year. They have spoken over the telephone twice since November, when it became clear that Biden had won the US elections. The foreign ministers of the Quad grouping have met thrice so far, twice in-person, and once virtually.

The Quad grouping was revived in 2017, and it has been re-invigorated in the past few years, in the face of belligerence by China.

Quad going to be vital arena for cooperation in Indo-Pacific region, says Biden

Kicking off the summit, US President Joe Biden said Quad is going to be a vital arena for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. “The United States is committed to working with you and with all our allies in the region to achieve stability. This group is particularly important because it is dedicated to the practical solutions and concrete results,” he added.

In an apparent reference to China which has been flexing its muscles in the region, the President said, “We  know our commitments…Our region is governed by international law, committed to all the universal values and free from coercion but I am optimistic about our prospect.”

Speaking on Covid-19 vaccines, Biden said, “We are launching a new ambitious joint partnership that is going to boost vaccine manufacturing for the global benefit and will boost vaccination programmes in the Indo-Pacific region.”

With inputs from PTI

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