Quad Meeting: Members strongly support ASEAN centrality, says Australia

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Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad partners are strong supporters of ASEAN centrality within a region in which all countries are sovereign, independent and resilient, said the Australian government on Thursday in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade press release.

The statement further said that the Quad is the key pillar of Australia’s international agenda and complements our other bilateral, regional and multilateral engagement, including the ASEAN.

As per the statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne will join her counterparts, the US Secretary of State, Antony J Blinken, the Foreign Minister of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi and the External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar for the third Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

According to the press release, the Quad will allow our nation to advance our shared interest in a secure and prosperous region. It will enable us to progress cooperation among four indo-pacific democracies across various areas, including to support the region recover from the economic and health impacts of Covid19.

The third Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad meeting will be held on 18 February in continuation of the view exchanged in the last Quad meeting held in Tokyo on October 6 last year.