Ahead of Quad summit, India reiterates call for cessation of hostilities in Ukraine

New Delhi [India]May 21 (ANI): India on Saturday reiterated its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, stating that the path of “diplomacy and dialogue” was the best policy to resolve the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Briefing reporters on the prime minister’s visit to Japan, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said: “Our position on Ukraine is very clear and has been reiterated many times. From the moment hostilities began in February, we ask for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the path of diplomacy and dialogue continues to be the best policy to advance in this direction”. Downplaying reports that the Quad was planning to expand to include more countries, the foreign secretary said: “At the moment I don’t think there is any talk going on.” about further expansion of it.” The foreign secretary said that Quad is a grouping of countries that share fundamental values โ€‹โ€‹of democracy, pluralism and market economy, and Quad corporations are formed primarily by the goals of promoting peace , stability and prosperity in the Indo Pacific.

In this perspective, he would find a shared commitment to the rules-based order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, he said.

“The quadruple partnership seeks to structure a constructive agenda with broad elements: fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, its mitigation, efforts, how we partner in the countries of the region after the recovery from covid and the construction of security infrastructure. future health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and work together to respond to the need for climate action,” said the Foreign Secretary.

“There is a need to build a resilient supply chain in the Indo-Pacific: Infrastructure Corporation Partnership, which avoids burdening countries with unsustainable debt,” he said.

He added that the Indo-Pacific has challenges and opportunities. “When Quad leaders talk, they talk about both challenges and opportunities,” she said.

During his official visit on May 23-24 to participate in the Quadruple Summit, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia on the sidelines of the summit. Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral meeting with US President Biden is scheduled for May 24.

Meanwhile, on India’s ban on wheat exports, the foreign secretary said: “We are very clear about the principles and needs of food security in India, which are paramount to us. However, at the same time, we are careful to guarantee the needs of the economies. vulnerable to food safety risks whenever possible.” (AND ME)

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