India's S Jaishankar to attend fourth Quad Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Australia on Friday

The Quad is a partnership with three of Australia's closest partners and friends, each of whom share a commitment to openness and transparency.

ANIUpdated: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 01:20 PM IST
article-image
Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar | Photo: Twitter Image

Canberra: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne is set to host her counterparts from India, Japan and the United States for the fourth Quad Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Melbourne on Friday.

"I look forward to welcoming Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr S. Jaishankar, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa, and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss our positive and ambitious agenda in support of a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific," Payne was quoted as saying in the Australian government press release.

The Quad is a partnership with three of Australia's closest partners and friends, each of whom share a commitment to openness and transparency.

"Together we are a vital network of liberal democracies committed to practical cooperation and to ensuring all Indo-Pacific nations, large and small, are able to make their own strategic decisions, free from coercion," the release said "We will continue to work to deepen this practical cooperation, including to support our region's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss our work together on vaccine distribution in our region, cyber and critical technology, countering disinformation, counterterrorism, maritime security, humanitarian and disaster response, and climate change," it added.

Payne said that Quad partners will continue to champion ASEAN's centrality for the region's stability and prosperity, including by supporting the practical implementation of ASEAN's Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

This is the third in-person meeting of Quad Foreign Ministers, following Tokyo in October 2020 and the inaugural meeting in New York City in September 2019. Ministers last met virtually in February 2021.

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar will participate in the 4th Quad Foreign Ministers' meeting on February 11 in Melbourne.

Jaishankar will be paying an official visit to Australia from February 10-13 at the invitation of his Australian counterpart Marise Payne, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release.

The MEA said that this will be his first visit as External Affairs Minister to Australia.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Putin grants Russian citizenship to whistleblower Edward Snowden

Putin grants Russian citizenship to whistleblower Edward Snowden

Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'house arrest', 'coup' rumours quashed by state media; read full...

Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'house arrest', 'coup' rumours quashed by state media; read full...

Why Shinzo Abe is deeply respected in India

Why Shinzo Abe is deeply respected in India

Technology: Apple likely to replace lightening port with C-Type in iPhone 15

Technology: Apple likely to replace lightening port with C-Type in iPhone 15

Iran: 450 "rioters" held for anti-hijab agitation

Iran: 450