Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Washington this month, on 24th September to participate in the first in-person summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad with his counterparts from Japan and Australia and the President of the US. The summit will broadly focus on various global challenges including ways to ensure a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. The four countries will also deliberate and review the Covid-19 vaccine initiative which was launched earlier this March.
According to the official release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden will also discuss and take up progress on various areas since their first Summit held in March 2021. The release further stated that the Indian Prime Minister is scheduled to address the general debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Quad Summit 2021: The Agenda
The Quad Summit theme of the year revolves around Building Resilience through hope to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations. The September Quad Summit will gather the focus on deepening the ties and advancing practical cooperation in areas including:
– Tackling Coronavirus pandemic
– Emerging technologies & cyberspace
– Addressing the climate crisis
– Promoting free and open Indo-Pacific
Apart from reviewing the Covid-19 vaccine initiative, the leaders will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as connectivity and infrastructure, maritime security, cyber security, climate change, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. In the account of recent developments in Afghanistan and the subsequent rise in global terror threats, the four leaders are expected to take this as a part of the discussions.
PM Modi’s second visit abroad since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic
Since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, PM Modi’s visit to Washington will only mark as his second visit abroad for the bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden. The two leaders will be meeting for the first time in person since US President Biden assumed office earlier this year. Although, they both have interacted at virtual events and have spoken on phone on various occasions.
About Quadrilateral Security Dialogue
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad is a strategic dialogue comprising Japan, India, the US, and Australia. The establishment of the Quad goes back to 2007 by the then Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, US Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.
The strategic summit was discontinued after the withdrawal of Australia during the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s tenure. However, the dialogue revived back during the 2017 ASEAN Summits, when the four leaders of India, the US, Japan, and Australia agreed to revive the alliance.