The Quad nations signed the Humanitarian Assistance for Disaster Relief (HADR) guidelines in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, a move India called a “timely meeting” amid turbulent times. The leaders of the Quad Group of Japan, India, Australia and the United States signed the framework during a meeting of foreign ministers.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Australian Penny Wong signed the Guidelines for the Operation of the Quad Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Partnership for the Indo-Pacific announced by the Quad leaders in May 2022. guidance. The four would allow countries to have greater cooperation and coordination, for example, in climate disaster response.
In his inaugural address, Jaishankar said the meeting was important as the world is going through a very difficult period due to the Ukraine conflict and escalation of climate emergencies.
“We’ve had a few years of the Quad. Now we’re seeing the global repercussions of the Ukraine conflict.” “We are seeing climate events and emergencies on a probably unprecedented scale,” he said.
“It is especially important that we move forward in the creative agenda that we have set out for ourselves, that we work together to deliver truly public goods,” he said.
Jaishankar said that some more initiatives like STEM fellowship are being done and they are working on economic framework as well as maritime domain awareness.
They also welcomed the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, saying such regular meetings are a “good idea” between the Quad members and “in our respective countries as well”.
He said that the signing of the HADR framework today is very timely. “I think this is also an opportunity for us to discuss strengthening the multilateral system led by the United Nations,” he said.
In his remarks, Blinken said the UNGA meeting on the margins is proof that “the Quad is strong and getting stronger, strengthening our multilateral cooperation.”
He said the group members are well aware of the significant challenges “the ones we face as well as the opportunities that lie ahead of us that demand more than ever that we work together.” “None of us alone can do what is necessary to meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities. And that’s one of the motivations behind the quad,” Blinken said.
Welcoming the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Guidelines as the groundwork for “nations to cooperate and coordinate more on climate disaster responses”, he said, “We look forward to exploring the many ways that the Quad can help us achieve our goals.” Enables us to deepen cooperation. Our leaders have set a very important agenda for us during the meeting. We are very much following that work,” he said.
Wong said Australia remains committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. “None of us in this room want to see an area in which countries are not able to make sovereign choices that are dominated by one country or one viewpoint. We know that our region needs to be economically and strategically placed. As it is being reshaped, the four nations will work together to better navigate this period of change,” Wong said.
Hayashi said the world today is witnessing direct attempts to unilaterally change the status quo. A free and open international order based on the rule of law is under threat.
“Therefore, it is extremely important for us to simultaneously demonstrate our steadfast commitment to the international community,” Hayashi said.
The four countries in 2017 shaped a long-pending proposal to set up a “quad” or quadrilateral alliance to develop a new strategy to keep important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence amid China’s aggressive behavior. Had given. region.
(with inputs from PTI)
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