Delivering a “strong message of promise” to the world, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday condemned Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and said Quad member states were opposed to a unilateral change of status by force.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an event that has shaken the foundations of international order – with the participation of Press Biden, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Albanese, we have been able to send a strong message from Tokyo of the four leaders’ commitment to the world.”
“The four of us pledged that unilateral change of status by force would never be allowed in any region, especially the Indo-Pacific, and a free and open Indo-Pacific is even more relevant today,” he added.
The Japanese Prime Minister further said that the four countries would invest more energy in implementing the idea of a free and stable Indo-Pacific.
Kishida says newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has proposed holding a summit in Australia next year (fourteenth).
The leaders of the Quad countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – met in person in Tokyo for the fourth time and for the second time today.
In his inaugural address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that the scope of the quad has expanded despite the Covid-19 challenge.
The Prime Minister noted that the mutual trust and determination of the member countries, including the United States, Australia and Japan, was adding new impetus to the democratic process.
“In such a short period of time, the quad has made a significant place for itself in the eyes of the world. Today, the scope of the quad has expanded, its form has been implemented. He said.
Prime Minister Modi noted that despite the difficult situation of COVID-19, member countries have enhanced coordination in various areas such as vaccine supply and climate action.
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