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At Quad Meet, India Underscores Dialogue & Diplomacy To Solve Ukraine Crisis

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By: Ayanangsha Maitra
Updated: March 4, 2022 19:36
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need to return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy to halt the war between Russia and Ukraine, during the virtual meeting of Quad on Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison, and Japan PM Fumio Kishida discussed the “developments in Ukraine”, including the humanitarian implications of the war, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a release.

“The prime minister underlined that the Quad must remain focused on its core objective of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. He called for concrete and practical forms of cooperation within the Quad, in areas like humanitarian and Disaster Relief, debt sustainability, supply chains, clean energy, connectivity, and capacity-building,” the ministry said.

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The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is a group of four countries – India, the United States, Australia, and Japan. The leaders of the group are expected to meet in-person soon in Tokyo, Japan.

Earlier, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had said India was the driving force of Quad.

Speaking to The New Indian, Premesha Saha, a New Delhi based Strategic Affairs and Indo-Pacific researcher, said, “The Quad meeting amidst the Ukraine crisis stressed the need for ensuring a peaceful and stable order in the Indo-Pacific. A new initiative for humanitarian assistance was announced to meet with future challenges and to keep the gates of communication open as they each respond and deal with the Ukraine crisis.”

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“So the fact that India has a differing stand on this issue has been recognised,” she said.

Saha observed that India stressed on the importance of dialogue and diplomacy as against US’ wishes of taking a stronger stand against Moscow.

“The differences in approaches towards the Ukraine crisis came out significantly in this meeting. But still the concern of all leaders for ensuring a free, open, peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific was very much present,” Saha told The New Indian.

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