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Jan 27, 2022

Quad meet likely in Australia next month

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
File Photo of last in-person Quad foreign ministers meeting held in Tokyo on Oct. 6, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the State Department)
File Photo of last in-person Quad foreign ministers meeting held in Tokyo on Oct. 6, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the State Department)

The Quad group is expected to meet in mid-February in Australia.

Quad is a group of Japan, US, Australia and India. That aims to have their leaders’ meeting every year.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar are expected to attend the talks.

The forthcoming in-person meeting of the foreign ministers, if realized, would be the after October 2020.

The last in-person Quad foreign ministers meeting took place in Tokyo on October 6, 2020.

Quad ministerial level meeting is taking place ahead of a summit of the Quad nations’ leaders which Japan plans to host in spring with the aim of further showcasing the four Indo-Pacific democracies’ deepening ties amid China’s rising clout in the region.

The ministers are also expected to confirm progress in their cooperation, agreed on at the previous Quad summit in Washington in September, in infrastructure building in the Indo-Pacific region, utilization of outer space and bolstering of the semiconductor supply chain, the sources said.