July 13, 2024

President Biden to Participate in In-Person Quad Leaders’ Meeting in Hiroshima

President Joe Biden attends a working lunch with Quad Leaders at Kantei, the Japanese Prime Minister’s residence, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Tokyo. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden is set to join the Quad leaders in an in-person meeting in Hiroshima to discuss the progress of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also known as the Quad. The meeting, which was originally planned to be held in Australia, has been rescheduled to ensure the participation of all four leaders and will coincide with the G7 summit.

In a statement today, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre highlighted the importance of the Quad Leaders’ meeting and President Biden’s engagement with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

Jean-Pierre noted that the decision to relocate the meeting to Hiroshima was made to commemorate the Quad’s achievements over the past year. Alongside sharing strategic assessments, the leaders will explore new avenues of cooperation in various areas, including secure digital technology, submarine cables, infrastructure capacity building, and maritime domain awareness.

President Biden expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Albanese, Prime Minister Kishida, and Prime Minister Modi for their flexibility in adjusting the meeting’s location. He eagerly looks forward to rescheduling his trip and reinforcing the United States’ commitment to deepening partnerships and collaborative efforts in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Quad, comprising the United States, Australia, Japan, and India, aims to promote a free, open, and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific. President Biden’s participation in the Quad Leaders’ meeting emphasizes the significance of like-minded democracies coming together to address regional challenges and strengthen regional security.

The discussions on secure digital technology, submarine cables, infrastructure capacity building, and maritime domain awareness reflect the Quad’s dedication to advancing technological advancements, infrastructure development, and maritime security in the region.

As highlighted by Jean-Pierre, President Biden’s engagement with the Quad leaders demonstrates the Biden administration’s commitment to the Quad partnership and its potential to contribute to a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. The White House looks forward to fruitful discussions during the meeting, where shared values will be reinforced, common goals pursued, and the Quad’s role in addressing regional and global issues further solidified.

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