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Quad meet to focus on global order after Covid

Written by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |

October 2, 2020 4:25:36 am


Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. (File)

As Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar heads to Japan subsequent week and participates within the international ministers’ assembly of the Quadrilateral grouping on October 6, New Delhi on Thursday mentioned it is going to be targeted on the “post-Covid-19 worldwide order” in addition to the “want for coordinating responses to the challenges rising from the pandemic”.

As the primary such assembly of Quad international ministers’ grouping is going down amid the stress between India and China over the border standoff, Delhi additionally mentioned that there will likely be a dialogue on “regional points”.

In response to questions on the weekly briefing, Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned on Thursday, “The second assembly of the India-Australia-Japan-US Ministerial will likely be held on October 6 throughout the go to. On this assembly, international ministers of the respective nations will likely be taking part.”

“The agenda will likely be broadly targeted on the post-Covid-19 worldwide order in addition to the necessity for coordinating responses to the challenges rising from the pandemic. There may even be a dialogue on regional points. The international ministers are anticipated to collectively affirm the significance of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” the MEA spokesperson mentioned.

Jaishankar may even maintain separate bilateral conferences with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo, Japanese Overseas Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Australian Overseas Minister Marise Payne.

The MEA had on Tuesday introduced Jaishankar’s go to. Amid the pandemic, this will likely be one of many few in-person conferences, at a time when most conferences have taken place via digital mode.

Jaishankar will likely be in Tokyo on October 6-7 for bilateral consultations with the Japanese international minister. “The 2 ministers are anticipated to debate bilateral and regional problems with mutual curiosity,” the MEA assertion mentioned.

That is the second Quad international ministers’ assembly, as the primary such assembly had taken place in New York in September final 12 months, on the margins of the UN Common Meeting. Final week, senior officers of Quad grouping had met via digital mode.

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