New Delhi: Ahead of the Quad overseas minister assembly later in the present day (February 18), the Pentagon has mentioned that ties with India is important and a precedence. Calling ties with India, “a very important bilateral relationship” Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby mentioned,”India is a critical partner especially when you consider all the challenges in the Indo Pacific region” and US Defence secretary is “prioritizing this relationship, wants to see continuing to grow and develop and to get stronger.”
US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and Indian Defence minister Rajnath Singh spoke to one another final month with a reaffirmation on Indo Pacific imaginative and prescient. When it involves defence relationship, there was elevated engagement together with signing of operational pacts like COMCASA, LEMOA. Bilateral workouts held yearly embody Malabar, Cope-India (Air Force), Yudh Abhyas (Army) and Vajra Prahar (Special Forces).
The third Quad overseas minister assembly is scheduled to happen in the present day at 5.30 pm IST and can see the participation of the U.S. State Secretary Blinken, Japan FM Motegi Toshimitsu, Australian FM Marise Payne and EAM Dr S. Jaishankar.
The ministry of exterior affairs in a launch mentioned, “The Ministers will exchange views on regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.”
While in the present day’s assembly shall be digital, the final assembly occurred bodily in Japan on sixth October. The first assembly of Quad FMs befell on 26th September 2019 on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York. Last 12 months additionally noticed covid plus conferences happening on the way to cope with covid pandemic on the overseas secretary-level.
Ned Price, Department Spokesperson on the Quad meet mentioned, “this discussion with the Quad foreign ministers, is critical to advancing our shared goals of a free and open Indo-Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our time, including coordinating our efforts on COVID-19 response as well as climate change.”
All the 4 Quad international locations issued releases on the Quad meet with a key point out on “Indo Pacific” within the releases. The meet comes inside a month of Biden Presidency and exhibits a steady focus of Washington from earlier Trump Admin on Indo-Pacific and Quad. In reality, in response to a query, Pentagon spokesperson mentioned, “US defence secretary will absolutely ” help a gathering of Quad international locations.