The first bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the maiden in-person Quad summit hosted by the US President has been much welcomed by the top American lawmakers. Referring to the meeting, Congressman Frank Pallone mentioned that he was ‘glad’ to witness a bilateral meeting between the two leaders to strengthen US and India relations.
Commenting on the Quad summit, Pallone appreciated Biden for conducting a meeting with the Quad leaders from India, Japan, and Australia to increase cooperation. On the other hand, Congressman Mark Green outlined that the US-India relationship is more important now. “With the surging China and the Taliban once again in control of Afghanistan, our partnership will bring greater stability and security to the Indo-Pacific,” Green added.
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, Congressman Ami Bera also applauded Biden for convening the first-ever leader-level summit of the Quad countries. “Today’s successful summit is a testament to our collective, unwavering commitment to a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific rooted in liberal values and international norms,” he said.
Senator Bill Hagerty, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former US Ambassador to Japan, too welcomed the first in-person meeting of the leaders of the Quad nations.
Quad is well-positioned to address issues such as pushing back on attempts to undermine a free and open Indo-Pacific, responding to COVID-19 and supporting inclusive economic recovery, responding to climate change, and shoring up vulnerabilities in cyberspace.