Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the four-nation grouping QUAD as “a force for global good”
Participating in the maiden in-person QUAD Leaders’ summit at the White House on Friday, PM Modi said that he believed that “our cooperation in Quad will ensure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific as well as the entire world.”
PM Modi expressed the hope that the QUAD vaccine initiative will help Indo-Pacific nations. “I’d be happy to discuss with my friends- be it supply chain, global security, climate action, Covid response or tech cooperation,” PM Modi said in his initial remarks at the summit.
He recalled that the four nations had met for the first time after the 2004 Tsunami to help the Indo-Pacific region. “Today, when the world is fighting against COVID-19 pandemic, we have come here once again as Quad for the welfare of humanity,” PM Modi said in his opening remarks.
Apart from India, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) has Australia, Japan and the U.S. as other members. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are also attending the QUAD meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House.
Welcoming the QUAD leaders at the meeting, President Biden said the group has democratic partners who share world views and have a common vision for the future, coming together to take on key challenges of our age.
“When we met six months ago, we made concrete commitments to advance our shared and positive agenda for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today, I’m proud to say that they are making excellent progress,” President Biden said.
In his opening remarks, the Australian PM also reiterated his belief in a free and open Indo-Pacific “because we know that is what delivers a strong and prosperous region.”
“The Quad is about demonstrating how democracies such as ours can get things done. There is no part of the world that is more dynamic than the Indo-Pacific this time,” PM Scott Morrison said.
Japanese PM reiterated that Indo-Pacific should be open and free,
President Biden announced the launch of a new Quad fellowship for students from each of the Quad countries to pursue advanced degrees in leading stem programs in the U.S., representing an investment in the leaders, innovators and pioneers of tomorrow.