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PM Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of the Quad while addressing concerns about China’s assertiveness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emphasized the importance of the Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a group of four countries – the US, Australia, India and Japan) while addressing concerns about China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

Addressing Quad leaders US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Modi said, “There is no doubt that the Indo-Pacific region is the engine of global trade, innovation and development. We agree that the security and success of the Indo-Pacific is important not only for the region but for the entire world.

He also said that the Quad has emerged as a key platform to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the coalition is moving forward based on a constructive agenda and democratic principles.

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“By working together, we are giving a practical dimension to our vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” he said. “We are moving forward with a constructive agenda based on shared democratic values ​​through our joint efforts. We are giving our vision a practical dimension strategic technology, reliable supply chain, health security, maritime security, counter-terrorism and constructive partnership are growing.

Many countries and groupings are announcing an Indo-Pacific vision. In today’s summit, we will get an opportunity to discuss inclusiveness of the entire region and people-centric development,” added PM Modi at the Quad Summit in Hiroshima.

PM Modi said he was very happy to attend this Quad Summit and be among friends. “The Quad has established itself as an important platform for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” he added.

PM Modi also said that India is willing to host the next Quad Summit in 2024.

“We will be happy to host the Quad Summit in India in 2024,” Prime Minister Modi said in opening remarks at the Quad meeting held on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

It was originally scheduled to take place in Sydney on May 24. However, it was decided to hold the Quad summit in Hiroshima after President Biden canceled his trip to Australia.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was happy to be among close friends again.

“We stand together for an open, stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. A region where sovereignty is respected and all large and small countries benefit from a regional balance that maintains peace, and respect for the leadership of regional institutions, including ASEAN, the Pacific Island Forum and the Indian Ocean RIM Association, is central to our approach,” the Albanian said.

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