Ex-Australian PM Calls PM Modi And Shinzo Abe As ‘Fathers’ Of Quad

New Delhi: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “fathers” of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

While talking about Quad, Tony Abbott said that it is the most important strategic development in the world since the formation of NATO.

He said “So I think 2 fathers of QUAD are Shinzo Abe and Modi and the world should be immensely grateful to both of them,”, stating that these were the only two Asian leaders who could have initiated the Quad.

Talking about the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement, Abbott said, “It is getting stronger and stronger over time. The ECTA – Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement – that we have finalized last year symbolizes this new strength.”

“I also think that the cavalcade of Australian ministers who have been in Delhi over the last couple of weeks – and the PM is coming in just a week or so – is also highly symbolic of the strength and the relationship,” he added.

Talking about the relationship with New Delhi, the former PM said that India is an increasingly close strategic partner. India is a country which has always been a natural partner for Australia, he said.

(With Agency Inputs)

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