The first face-to-face summit of ‘Quad’, a security cooperation organization between the United States, Japan, India and Australia, was held in Washington on the 24th.
US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a joint statement after their summit meeting at the White House on the same day.
In a joint statement, the Quad Leaders emphasized the promotion of security and peace in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, and said they were “committed to promoting a free, open and rules-based order that is unshakable by coercion.” He also pledged to continue advocating for international law compliance in the East and South China Seas.
Regarding North Korea, the Quad leaders reaffirmed their support for the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution and urged the prompt resolution of the abducted Japanese issue. It also called for North Korea to comply with its UN obligations, refrain from provocations and engage in substantive dialogue.
The leaders also included in the statement that they would reaffirm their efforts to support coronavirus vaccines in low-income countries and strengthen cooperation in 5G communications, space development and cyber technology.
For the advancement of science, the Quad leaders also decided to launch the so-called ‘Quad Fellowship’, which selects 100 scholarship students from each country each year.
Meanwhile, the Quad Leaders agreed to meet regularly between the leaders and foreign ministers every year to strengthen cooperation and exchanges.