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External Affairs Minister Dr.S Jaishankar calls for a free and open Indo-pacific at 4th Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting in Australia

Updated: February 12, 2022 11:31 am

External Affairs Minister Dr.S Jaishankar has called for a free and open Indo-pacific at the 4th Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting. He also urged member nations to work towards ensuring a rule-based international order. The Minister said that since their last meeting in February 2021, the global geo-political and geo-economic order has become more complex. He called upon the member nations to work towards rule-based international order which is free from coercion and respects territorial integrity and sovereignty, rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas, and peaceful resolution.

Meanwhile, the 4th Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting concluded in Melbourne, Australia. The QUAD ministers’ issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the meeting. In the statement, QUAD leaders have reiterated their condemnation of terrorist attacks in India, including 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. In a joint statement, the QUAD ministers reaffirmed the UNSC Resolution 2593 passed in 2021. The resolution says that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country, shelter or train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist acts, with such ungoverned spaces being a direct threat to the safety and security of the Indo-Pacific.

They also expressed unwavering support of ASEAN unity and centrality, and the ASEAN-led architecture, and to advance the practical implementation of ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.
Underlining the Quad Vaccine Partnership’s rapid progress, with the expanding vaccine production at the Biological E Ltd facility in India, the ministers said that they aim to deliver at least 1 billion vaccines by the end of 2022.

On Myanmar, the joint statement expressed grave concern about the crisis and called for an end to violence, the release of all those arbitrarily detained, including foreigners, and unhindered humanitarian access in the country. QUAD Ministers reaffirmed their support for ASEAN efforts to seek a solution in Myanmar and called on the military regime to urgently implement ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus and swiftly return Myanmar to the path of democracy.

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