Japan: During the Quad meeting held in Hiroshima on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India’s willingness to host the next Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) summit in 2024. Addressing the leaders of the United States, Australia, and Japan, PM Modi emphasized the Quad’s primary objective of fostering a free, open, prosperous, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
PM Modi stated, “We will be happy to host the Quad summit in India in 2024.” He further underscored that the Quad would continue to make efforts towards global welfare, prosperity, and peace.
The Quad, an informal strategic forum, originated in 2004 when the four countries collaborated on relief operations following a devastating tsunami. In 2007, the group met again on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pitching the idea for the formation of the Quad.
Earlier this week, the planned Quad summit in Sydney was canceled after US President Biden withdrew from his visit due to ongoing debt limit talks in Washington. However, the White House later agreed to hold the summit in Hiroshima, Japan. This decision ensures that the four leaders can come together to assess the Quad’s progress over the past year.
President Biden expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for agreeing to participate in the Quad meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit.
The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, stated that during the summit, the Quad leaders would not only share strategic assessments but also welcome new forms of cooperation on secure digital technology, submarine cables, infrastructure capacity building, and maritime awareness.