Quad ministers to meet in Australia next month - report

Wednesday, 26. January 2022 19:04

The Quad group, consisting of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India, are planning a meeting of their foreign ministers in mid-February in Australia, Nikkei reported on Wednesday, citing diplomatic sources. The summit, if it takes place, will be the first in-person gathering since October 2020 and will be carried out ahead of the Quad members leaders' meeting, which Japan is planning to host in spring.

The main actors of the summit are expected to be Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. It is also possible that the gathering will be held in an online format in case the COVID-19 situation worsens, the sources said.

The most likely topics of the meeting, apart from further security and economic cooperation, will be the stringing of ties among the four allies amid China's increasing military pressure in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit will also provide an opportunity to confirm existing partnerships in the fields of infrastructure, use of outer space, and semiconductor supply organization.

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