Quad leaders to make announcements on COVID, clean energy and climate issues: US official

Ahead of the first in-person Quad Summit, a senior US administration official confirmed that Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders will discuss various international issues and make announcements regarding climate change, COVID-19, energy clean, among other things. The Quad Summit is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 24 in Washington. The Quad Leaders Summit is hosted by the United States, and countries like Australia, India, and Japan will attend the summit.

According to the US administration, “President Joe Biden has made the Quad a priority, as we all saw through the Quad’s first leadership-level engagement in March, which was virtual, and now this summit, which is will do in person,” a US administration official said in a statement. So the main areas where you will see the two consultations and then some announcements will be on COVID-19. And, you know, in March there was a commitment to produce a billion vaccines through the Quad, by the end of 2022. And there will be announcements to move that along with other forms of COVID-19 assistance,” the official said.

The first in-person Quad Leaders Summit will take place on September 24

Highlighting the global COVID-19 crisis and climate issues, the US official said Quad leaders would make announcements regarding clean energy and the climate crisis at the summit. The first-ever Quad Summit will be hosted by the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, comprised of the heads of the three member nations. The Quad Summit agenda is “constructive and diverse” as Quad leaders will engage in strengthening bilateral relations and business cooperation.

The official said, “Welcoming the leaders of the Quad is fundamentally a demonstration of the priority of engaging with the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations designed to focus on the challenges of the 21st century. World leaders will discuss partnerships on emerging technologies in cyberspace, the promotion of high-level infrastructure and, of course, a global commitment at the heart of the Quad to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.

It is the first time that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit America after Joe Biden took over as leader of the country. Prime Minister Modi will attend the first Quad Leaders Summit in person, and the day after the Quad Summit he will also speak at the UN General Debate at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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With ANI inputs

Teresa H. Sadler