Quad is an important pillar of stability in the Indo-Pacific region and a force for global good, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated while addressing the maiden summit of the grouping that decided to “promote a free, open rules-based order, rooted in international law to advance security and prosperity and counter threats to both in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.”
In a clear but veiled message to China close on the heels of the long standoff along the Line of Actual Control Modi said India, USA, Australia and Japan are united by democratic values and commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
The PM was joined by his American, Australian, and Japanese counterparts Joe Biden, Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga, respectively. Inviting Modi to address the QUAD leaders, US President Joe Biden said to him, “It is great to see you.” “It is good to be among friends. I thank President Biden for this initiative,” PM Modi said.
The QUAD Leaders’ Summit on Friday was the first direct interaction between Modi and Biden since the latter was sworn in as the US President earlier this year.