PM to attend first in-person Quad summit to be hosted by Biden

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the first-ever in-person summit of Quad leaders in US on September 24 along with President Joe Biden, Australia PM Scott Morrison and Japan PM Yoshihide Suga.

The White House said that the four leaders would discuss deepening their ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas like combatting Covid-19 and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance / disaster relief, climate change and education,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

A virtual meeting of leaders of the Quad countries, which have been seeking to enhance cooperation in the face of China’s growing power and assertiveness, was held in March.

In that meeting, the leaders pledged to work closely on COVID-19 vaccines and climate and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific in the face of challenges from Beijing.