Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia attended the second personal meeting of the Quad leaders in Tokyo today.

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·        In his introductory remarks, Prime Minister Modi said that the Quad had soon gained an important place on the world stage and that it was moving forward with a constructive agenda for the Indo-Pacific region, which would further strengthen its image. "Forces for good".

·        PM Modi noted that the Quad member countries had increased coordination in many areas, such as fax delivery, climate action, resilience to change, disaster management and economic cooperation. "The square grouping ensures peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific," he added.

·        In addition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the meeting was attended by US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese.

·        US President Joe Biden said that Washington will become its "close domestic partners" in the pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. "Russia's assault of Ukraine only heightens the importance of those goals of fundamental principles of international order, territorial integrity and sovereignty," he said. 

·        Japanese Prime Minister Kishida said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine called into question the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. "We should never ever allow a similar incident to happen in the Indo-Pacific region," PM Kishida said.

·        Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also pledged more support for Pacific countries, including helping to deepen "our defence and maritime cooperation."

·        Prime Minister Modi will also hold separate bilateral meetings at the summit with President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanes.

·        The Quad Summit will take place at a time when there is growing discomfort in the region with Chinese military activities and coercive trade practices. The leaders sought a common ground for resistance against Beijing, which expanded its influence in the region.

·        The Tokyo Summit is the fourth interaction of the Quad Leaders. President Biden held the first Quad Summit in virtual format in March last year, followed by a personal summit in Washington in September. Quad leaders also held a virtual meeting earlier this year in March.

·        In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia joined a long-term proposal to build ATVs to develop a new strategy to keep critical Indo-Pacific shipping intact.

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