4 QUAD nations call for free, open & inclusive international navigation

AMID continuing  LAC tension between India and China, four countries comprising  QUAD  have affirmed commitment to upholding the rules-based international order, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes in the region. Quad countries including Australia and Japan have already assured huge investments in India’s infrastructure, technology and supply chain. With the United States also hailing India as a big power in the Indo-Pacific region, the QUAD appears to have a pivotal role in reshaping the power dynamics of the world in the coming years, said  India’s Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar. The objective of the QUAD member countries which include India, the United States, Japan and Australia, remains to advance the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests. He also expressed satisfaction that the Indo-Pacific concept has gained increasingly wider acceptance. Dr. Jaishankar asserted that the meeting of four foreign ministers in person despite the global pandemic is a testimony to the importance that the QUAD Consultations have gained in recent times. The  Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a profound transformation globally since the last meeting of the members last year. The events of this year have clearly demonstrated the imperative need for like-minded countries to coordinate responses to the various challenges due to the pandemic. Addressing the  QUAD  meet at Tokyo, Dr Jaishankar said that India looks forward towards seeking collective solutions to global challenges including global recovery from the pandemic and reform of multilateral institutions. The foreign ministers of the four countries are discussing connectivity, infrastructure development, security including counter-terrorism; cyber and maritime security; and the stability and prosperity in the region. India explored further expansion of the third-country collaboration, with a focus on development projects. Reviewed global situations and developments pertaining to UN reform. Our shared commitment can help realise stability, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, Dr Jaishankar said in a tweet.

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