President Joe Biden’s policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific region on June 9 said that the US intends to hold a “very ambitious” Quad leaders meeting in Washington which will have all Quad leaders in attendance. While speaking at an online event hosted by the Center for a New American Security think tank, Kurt Campbell said that the QUAD bloc of nations is focused on “deepening” its cooperation ahead of a potential in-person meeting of leaders later this year. It is worth mentioning that Quad is a security alliance between India, the US, Japan and Australia.
Campbell said, “Our goal is to hold an in-person Quad meeting…very ambitious meeting here in Washington in the fall with all leaders in attendance. We will ensure that we’ve taken the necessary steps on the vaccine deliverable– we intend to build on that”.
Campbell also indicated that the Biden administration doesn’t foresee a delay in the four-nation plan, which was announced at the White House in March at the Quad Virtual summit. He also added that other countries had shown “interest” in the grouping. He even said that involvement wasn’t closed to others.
“Our discussions with both our partners in the private sector and also in government suggests that we are – knock on wood – still on track for 2022. I think we understand, the only way to be effective, to counter this, is through vaccine diplomacy. We’re trying to step that up more generally,” he said.