NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to participate in the third Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on Monday, May 24, along with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, President Joseph Biden of the USA and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia.
During his visit, PM Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with PM Kishida, President Biden and PM Morrison.
“The Summit in Tokyo is the fourth interaction of Quad Leaders since their first virtual meeting in March 2021, in-person Summit in Washington D.C. in September 2021 and virtual meeting in March 2022,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
“The forthcoming Quad Summit provides an opportunity for the leaders to exchange views about developments in the Indo-Pacific region and contemporary global issues of mutual interest,” the statement said.
“The leaders will review the progress of Quad initiatives and Working Groups, identify new areas of cooperation and provide strategic guidance and vision for future collaboration,” it added.
PM Modi and President Biden held a virtual meeting on 11 April 2022. In Tokyo, the pair will most likely review the India-US Strategic Partnership and follow up on discussions held during the PM’s bilateral meeting with President Biden in September 2021.
During the visit to Japan, PM Modi is expected to meet the Japanese business leaders and interact with the Indian community in Japan.
PM Modi will meet the Australian PM Morrison just after the election in the country on 21 May 2022. PM Modi and PM Morrison will take a stock of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and exchange views on regional and global developments of mutual interest. The last bilateral meeting between the pair took place virtually on March 21, 2022, followed by the signing of the India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement on 2 April 2022.
In bilateral talks, PM Kishida and PM Modi will take forward their conversations from their last in-person meeting in New Delhi and the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit in March 2022.