Prime Minister Modi will attend the QUAD summit in Japan next week

tokyo [Japan]May 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tokyo to attend the QUAD leaders’ summit on May 24, where he will be joined by his counterparts from Japan and Australia, as well as US President Joe Biden.

The visit was officially announced during a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

“The summit in Tokyo is the fourth interaction of the QUAD leaders since their first virtual meeting in March 2021 and, of course, the in-person summit in Washington last September and the virtual meeting in March of this year,” reported the MEA spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi.

QUAD is a key multilateral alliance made up of India, Japan, Australia and the US to ensure a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific.

“The upcoming QUAD summit provides an opportunity for leaders to exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and contemporary global issues of mutual concern,” he added.

During the summit, the leaders will review the progress of QUAD initiatives and working groups, identify new areas of cooperation, and provide strategic guidance and vision for future collaborations, MEA said.

During the course of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden.

“The meeting with Prime Minister Kishida will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to carry forward their talks from the 14th annual India-Japan summit which was held in March 2022 in New Delhi,” Bagchi said.

Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and US President Biden, respectively, is expected to be held on May 24.

“The meeting (with US President Joe Biden) will mark the continuation of the regular dialogue that most recently engaged in virtual mode on April 11 this year,” Bagchi said.

“The two leaders are expected to review the India-US strategic partnership and follow up on the discussions held during the prime minister’s bilateral meeting with President Biden last September. They will also exchange views on regional and global developments.” of shared interest,” Bagchi added.

Prime Minister Modi is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting with the Australian prime minister during the summit. It is pertinent to mention that Australia will face elections on May 21.

“We hope that the two leaders will discuss the revision of the India-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership and exchange views on both global and regional development issues,” Bagchi said.

The last meeting between the prime ministers of Australia and India was held virtually on March 21, after which an India-Australia trade and economic cooperation agreement was signed on April 2.

During his visit to Japan, Prime Minister Modi will also participate in a business event with Japanese business leaders. He will also address and interact with the Indian community in Japan, MEA reported. (AND ME)

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