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EAM S Jaishankar says, Quad has become significant platform for four vibrant democracies

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has asserted that Quad has become a significant and substantive platform for four large vibrant democracies, that are seeking to uphold an open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Speaking at at a Quad Think Tank Forum in New Delhi, he said, Quad has emerged from global necessities, faltered, for some time, due to a complexity of reasons and was then reincarnated with new governments and different circumstances.

Dr Jaishankar said, the four-nation grouping, comprising India, Australia, Japan and the US, is there for global good and for global commons. He said, the Quad has grown so rapidly because all four governments have behaved differently from how they normally do. External Affairs Minister said, Quad focused initially on addressing the region’s most pressing needs and challenges like maritime security, infrastructure and connectivity, HADR, critical technologies, communications, space cooperation, cyber security, counter-terrorism, Fellowships and climate action to name a few. Referring to recent activities of the Quad, he said that the grouping seeks to build resilient supply chains in telecom, cyber security, semiconductors and AI. Dr Jaishankar noted that Quad has given birth to some larger collaborations that serve the same objectives of global good.

One is the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Initiative, under which data is being supplied for countering illicit maritime activities. The other is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which seeks to offer alternative economic engagement mechanisms and it is making steady progress and addressing issues like supply chains, clean economies, sustainability, digital economies amongst others, he said. (AIR NEWS)

57 Days ago