Beyond Bilateral Issues, Modi and Biden Will Discuss Global Issues

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In response to a question about whether the economic situation in Sri Lanka will be discussed at the Quadrilateral summit, Kwatra stated that, without giving details, the leaders will examine both opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

Announcing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with US President Joe Biden in Tokyo on the sidelines of the Quadruple leaders’ summit on May 24, India said on Saturday that the Quadrilateral cooperation is based on shared values ​​and a commitment to democracy and international principles. order based on law and rules.

This highlights Delhi’s position prior to the summit when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s growing claim in the Indo-Pacific will dominate discussions between Prime Minister Modi, President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and in Australia, where Labor is likely to defeat Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ruling coalition.

Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra told reporters that Modi and Biden’s meeting will not be limited to the bilateral agenda, but will also cover issues of regional and global importance.

In response to a question about whether the economic situation in Sri Lanka will be discussed at the Quadrilateral summit, Kwatra stated that, without giving details, the leaders will examine both opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

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The quadrilateral summit will feature various areas of collaboration and discussion, including climate action, sustainable infrastructure, critical and emerging technologies, biotechnology, semiconductor supply chain diversification, security of critical cyber infrastructure, Covid response and post-Covid management. economy and health infrastructure, which will include last mile delivery, health security, genomic surveillance, clinical trials and pandemic preparedness.

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The Quartet will also hold a special session with the World Health Assembly later this month on strengthening vaccine trust and tackling the knowledge epidemic, Kwatra said.

He noted that the next summit in Tokyo will give leaders a chance to assess the progress made so far in the Quad’s goals, while also giving direction to the future. Additionally, developments in the Indo-Pacific region and mutually related global concerns can be discussed.”

“The meeting between the Prime Minister and President Biden will be a continuation of this high-level dialogue and will provide direction and vision to move the partnership forward,” he said of the Modi-Biden meeting.

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The same ideals and adherence to the principles of democracy, international law and international order based on norms support quadruple cooperation whose vision also includes a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. ”

According to him, the Quartet strives to “implement a positive and constructive agenda with a strong emphasis on facilitating peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region”.

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The Foreign Minister noted that India’s stance on the Ukraine issue has been “extraordinarily clear” and has won “understanding and admiration” from leading international allies.

According to him, India’s policy has been to stop hostilities quickly and resolve the issue through diplomacy and negotiation.

On whether to discuss India’s wheat export ban, Kwatra noted that food security is “extremely important” but that India will meet the demands of fragile economies wherever possible.

“The necessity of food safety in India is extremely important to us.” “However, we have been extremely cautious and compliant to ensure that the needs of economies sensitive to the dangers of food security are met wherever possible.”

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