On September 24, US President Joe Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders Summit. The statement for the same has been released by the White House today. Talking to the media, White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki mentioned that President Biden is ‘looking forward’ to welcome Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, PM Narendra Modi of India, and PM Yoshihide Suga of Japan at the White House.
According to the statement, it outlined that Biden-Harris Administration has made elevating the Quad a priority. It mentioned that the summit will be in-person. “Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” it read.
The first in-person meeting of the Quad Leaders aims to cover a wide range of issues. These issues include advancing practical cooperation in areas such as combating COVID-19, climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. The delegates also aim to strengthen and deepen their ties.
Earlier today, PM Modi’s office also confirmed the news about his travel. PM Modi has been scheduled to participate in the UN General Assembly session on September 25. Multiple bilateral meetings with Biden and other leaders are likely to take place. Referring to the meeting, the Indian side mentioned that it would review progress made since their first virtual summit on 12 March 2021 and discuss regional issues of shared interest.