New Delhi: The United States fought for the formulation of Quad, a group from the United States, Japan, India and Australia.
At a telephone briefing, Assistant Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun said: “It is our view that over time, the Quad will become more normalized and should be formulated at some point. What cooperation is and how it can be normalized is very important. “
The remarks came weeks after Foreign Minister Quad met in person in Tokyo in October. This was the second Quad FM conference held in New York in 2019.
Emphasizing the origins of the quad after the 2004 Asian tsunami, Biegun said, “I am not advocating for the quad plus, but not advocating for the continuation and normalization of the quad, but with the ultimate goal to understand how the quad can be best formulated and all countries We welcome your cooperation. Indo-Pacific guarantees the sovereignty and prosperity of its members. “
During the COVID-19 pandemic, quad countries and other like-minded countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand have used virtual meetings at the level of foreign secretaries to exchange their best ideas and tackle the crisis.
When asked about group expansion, Biegun said, “There is no policy designed for quad expansion that the United States is advocating. Quads are objects that are not yet defined… . It’s premature to expand the quad.”
The Deputy Secretary of State visited India and Bangladesh last October, before US Secretary of State Mike Pompey O visited India from October 26 to 27 and had a 2+2 conversation at the level of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Secretary. . Pompeii will visit Sri Lanka and Maldives during that visit.