the image of a “force for good”. Modi made the remarks in the presence of US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. In his opening address to the summit, Prime Minister Modi said the Quad has gained prominence on the world stage in a short time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia attended the second in-person meeting of Quad leaders here on Tuesday where they are expected to exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest. The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia. Besides Modi, the Quad Summit brings together US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. In a statement ahead of his departure for Japan on Sunday, Modi said the summit would provide leaders with an opportunity to review the progress of the Quad initiatives and exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual concern.
The meeting is expected to focus on various initiatives launched by the four-nation grouping – United States, India, Japan and Australia and discuss developments in the Indo-Pacific region. Besides Modi, the Quad Summit in Tokyo on May 24 will bring together US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese.
Earlier on Monday, PM Modi interacted with children outside the hotel in Tokyo. He also saw a young girl’s drawing and signed her autograph while interacting with the children.
He then interacted with a boy waiting for him with a drawing of the tricolor. Prime Minister Modi asked him where he learned Hindi from and praised him for his command of the language. The Indian community in Japan has made pioneering contributions in various fields. They also remained connected to their roots in India. I thank the Indian Diaspora in Japan for their warm welcome, Prime Minister Modi said on Twitter after his interaction with the community.
Modi, who is traveling to Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, will hold separate bilateral meetings with Biden, Kishida and Albanese on the sidelines of the summit. He had hosted Kishida for the 14th annual India-Japan summit in March 2022.
“During my visit to Tokyo, I look forward to continuing our conversation, with the aim of enhancing the special strategic and global partnership between India and Japan,” Modi said ahead of his visit. He said economic cooperation between India and Japan was an important aspect of their special strategic and global partnership.
Modi also said that he looked forward to a bilateral meeting with the newly elected Australian Prime Minister, Albanese, during which the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership and regional and global issues of interest mutual will be discussed. Noting that Japan is home to nearly 40,000 Indian diaspora members, who are an important anchor in India’s relations with Japan, Modi said he looked forward to interacting with them.
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