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PM Modi focuses on development at Quad meet, Biden pulls no punch against Russia

The second in-person Quad meet was held on Tuesday among PM Narendra Modi, US president Joe Biden, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida and Australian PM Anthony Albanese. While PM Modi focused on the development of the Indo-Pacific region, Biden sought to use the Quad platform to slam Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

The statements by the leaders of India, the United States, Japan, and Australia at the second in-person Quad summit on May 24 were quite interesting as the group’s focus seemed to extend to the Russia-Ukraine war.The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. It also focuses on joint military exercises among the members.

Since its rehashed launch in 2017, it has been seen as a platform to counter China’s growing threat in the Indo-Pacific region. However, on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida sought to extend the platform’s ambit to cover Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

INDIA’S FOCUS ON INDO PACIFIC DEVELOPMENT

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who put forth the opening statement, on the other hand, did not mention Russia and focused on the Quad’s role in cementing peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. He highlighted the group’s role during Covid in maintaining stability through cooperation.

 

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