The White House stated that US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual conference next Friday with the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan, his first summit within the framework of this “quadrilateral” alliance (Quad).
“The fact that President Biden chose the Quad Summit as one of his first multilateral events demonstrates the importance we attach to close cooperation with our allies and partners in the Indian and Pacific regions,” White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said.
This statement came after India announced that its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will participate in the “quartet” summit, which will discuss, in particular, the two files of climate change and the Corona pandemic.
The quadripartite summit will discuss “regional and global issues of common interest, and areas of practical cooperation, to keep the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans free and open,” according to the Indian Foreign Ministry statement.
The statement also pointed out that this summit, which will bring together Biden, Modi, and the Japanese prime ministers, Yoshihide Suga, and Australian Scott Morrison, will include discussion of “ways to enhance maritime security and ensure safe, fair and affordable supplies of anti-Coronavirus vaccines.”
On the American side, a spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, confirmed that the Quadruple Alliance (Quad) is in a position to meet the urgent challenges in the world.
On a question about the role of this alliance in Biden’s strategy to confront Chinese expansion in the region, Price replied that the “Quad” is not an alliance built against “one particular opponent.”
Source: “France Press”