India ready to host Quad ministerial meet
India has said that it is ready to hold Quad — India, US, Australia and Japan meet. In response to a WION question, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said,” We look forward to hosting quad meet later this year and details are being worked out.”
Earlier this month, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun had said a quad-ministerial meet was being planned to take place in Delhi.
Speaking at U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Biegun said, “There’s going to be meeting of the Quad, a ministerial meeting with the Quad this fall in Delhi – that’s the intention anyway – in person.”
The Quad foreign ministers met last year on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, which was the first such meet of the grouping.
Quad is viewed with suspicion by China as a group that is anti-Bejing. Asked about quad being an anti-China grouping, Biegun said, “I don’t think responding to the threat of China in and of itself or any potential challenge from China in and of itself would be enough of a driver. It also has to have a positive agenda.”