PM Modi, US president Joe Biden to have virtual meet during Quad event

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 10, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate virtually for the first time in the Quad bloc of nations tomorrow, along with US President Joe Biden. 

It is not yet confirmed that whether the meeting is exclusive or not. The two leaders have talked to each other twice via phone call, in which they have discussed about Quad meeting and several other issues as well.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will also participate in the quad. The leaders together in a virtual meeting will discuss “regional and global issues of shared interest and exchange views on practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” the government said.

“The Summit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on contemporary challenges such as resilient supply chains, emerging and critical technologies, maritime security and climate change,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The government claimed that the leaders will “explore opportunities for collaboration in ensuring safe, equitable and affordable vaccines in the Indo-pacific region.”

The US Secretary of State Mr Pompeo has been asking participants to unite against Beijing’s “exploitation, corruption and coercion” in the region.

PM Modi and President Biden, earlier discussed about the Quad, and agreed on the need to strengthen Indo-Pacific security through the Quad grouping.  

“The leaders agreed to continuing close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity, and a stronger regional architecture through the Quad,” the White House had said in a statement.

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