External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday met his United States and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of the Quad summit in Tokyo and discussed regional and global issues.
Mr. Jaishankar, who is here as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delegation, met U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and held talks with him on a number of important issues, including the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“Good to catch up with U.S. Secretary of State @SecBlinken in Tokyo. Continued our conversation on the Ukraine conflict, its knock-on effects and important regional issues. Will work together to take forward the Quad understandings,” he said on Twitter.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Jaishankar also exchanged views on regional and global issues with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi.
“Pleased to meet Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on the sidelines of the Quad Summit. Exchanged views on regional and global issues. Will cooperate closely in this respect,” he said in a tweet.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar interacts with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi during a meeting on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, in Tokyo, Japan.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday attended the second in-person Quad summit which took place under the shadow of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The summit also took place at a time when the relations between China and the Quad member countries have become tense, with Beijing increasingly challenging democratic values and resorting to coercive trade practices.
India, the U.S. and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military manoeuvring in the region.
China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
In March last year, President Biden hosted the first-ever summit of the Quad leaders in the virtual format that was followed by an in-person summit in Washington in September. The Quad leaders also held a virtual meeting in March.
Australia will host the next Quad summit in 2023.
In November 2017, India, Japan, the U.S. and Australia gave shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence, amidst China’s growing military presence in the strategic region.