India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti, US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Australia's Permanent Representative to the UN Mitch Fifield and the Japanese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kimihiro Ishikane in New York on Tuesday (Image courtesy: Twitter/@ambtstirumurti)
Representatives of the Quad countries to the United Nations met in New York earlier today to discuss ways to strengthen the rules-based international order.
The meeting between the ambassadors of India, Australia, Japan and the United States follows the Quad Leaders' Summit held in Tokyo, last month.
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti, US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Australia's Permanent Representative to the UN Mitch Fifield and the Japanese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kimihiro Ishikane discussed issues of common interest and cooperation among the four countries.
Last month, in Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Anthony Albanese and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had advanced the Quad’s ambitious and diverse agenda, including through a major new initiative to improve maritime domain awareness across the Indo-Pacific.
"Following the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo, @UN Ambassadors from the Quad (Australia, India, Japan & the United States) met again in New York today. We discussed ways to strengthen the rules-based international order and reinforce efforts at the UN to tackle global challenges," tweeted Tirumurti after the meeting.
Greenfield, Fifield and Ishikane also posted identical statements on their respective social media handles.
With six leader-level working groups — on Covid-19 Response and Global Health Security, Climate, Critical and Emerging Technologies, Cyber, Space, and Infrastructure — the Quad is building habits of cooperation among our four countries that will support a more peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
At the Tokyo Summit, the Quad leaders had announced a major maritime initiative: the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) which will offer a near-real-time, integrated, and cost-effective maritime domain awareness picture. This initiative will transform the ability of partners in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean region to fully monitor the waters on their shores and, in turn, to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific.