Morrison meeting Modi in the US next week

By Our Reporter

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is travelling to Washington D.C. next week from 21-24 September at the invitation of US President Biden.

An official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office stated this will be Morrison’s first visit to the United States since President Biden took office. “I look forward to reaffirming our 70-year alliance, and to discussing ways to further strengthen our security and economic partnership,” said Morrison.

The Prime Minister will also be participating in the first in the first face-to-face meeting of Quad leaders, with President Biden, Prime Minister Modi of India and Prime Minister Suga of Japan.

“Reconvening this important group reinforces our commitment to the Indo-Pacific COVID-19 recovery, and our efforts towards peace, prosperity and stability in our region, he said.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) represents four great democracies working in partnership for an Indo-Pacific region that is open, inclusive, resilient and anchored by shared principles.

The dialogue was initiated in 2007 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the support of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The dialogue was paralleled by joint military exercises of an unprecedented scale, titled Exercise Malabar. The diplomatic and military arrangement was widely viewed as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power, and the Chinese government responded to the Quadrilateral dialogue by issuing formal diplomatic protests to its members, according to Wikepedia.

A White House statement said, ‘The Biden-Harris Administration has made elevating the Quad a priority. 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.”

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