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Modi-Biden talks past bilateral, will have a look at international points: India

Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall be assembly US President Joe Biden on Might 24 on the sidelines of the Quad leaders’ summit in Tokyo, India Saturday mentioned that the Quad cooperation is anchored in shared values and dedication to the ideas of democracy, worldwide regulation and rules-based order.

This underlines Delhi’s place forward of the summit the place Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s rising assertiveness within the Indo-Pacific will dominate discussions between Prime Minister Modi, President Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Australian Prime Minister — polls have closed in Australia the place Anthony Albanese and his Labour Celebration look set to defeat Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ruling coalition.

Briefing reporters, Overseas Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra mentioned Modi’s dialog with Biden is not going to simply be restricted to the bilateral agenda, but additionally embody problems with regional and international significance.

On whether or not the financial disaster in Sri Lanka could be a part of the discussions on the Quad summit, Kwatra, with out entering into specifics, mentioned the leaders would focus on each alternatives and challenges within the Indo-Pacific area.

He recognized a number of areas of cooperation and discussions on the Quad summit — local weather motion, sustainable infrastructure,  important and rising applied sciences, biotechnology, diversification of semiconductor provide chain, safety of important cyber infrastructure, Covid response, and post-Covid administration of economic system and well being infrastructure which is able to embody last-mile supply, well being safety, genomic surveillance, scientific trials and pandemic preparedness.

Kwatra mentioned the Quad would additionally organise a particular session, on the sidelines of the World Well being Meeting later this month, on selling vaccine confidence and preventing the infodemic.

He mentioned the “upcoming summit in Tokyo would, due to this fact, present the leaders with a possibility to take inventory of the progress made up to now on Quad’s initiatives and likewise give steering for the longer term. Developments within the Indo-Pacific area and international problems with mutual curiosity may also come up for dialogue.”

On the Modi-Biden assembly, he mentioned, “The Prime Minister’s assembly with President Biden will mark continuation of this high-level dialogue and supply steering and imaginative and prescient to take the connection ahead.”

“Quad cooperation is anchored within the shared values and dedication to the ideas of democracy, worldwide regulation and rules-based worldwide order… that additionally has a imaginative and prescient for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.”

The Quad, he mentioned, has been working to “implement a optimistic and constructive agenda, with a powerful give attention to enabling peace, prosperity, and stability within the Indo-Pacific area.”

On the difficulty of Ukraine, the Overseas Secretary mentioned India’s place has been “amply clear” and has gained “understanding and appreciation” of key companions internationally.

India’s place, he mentioned, has been instant cessation of hostilities, and resolving the disaster by means of diplomacy and dialogue.

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On whether or not India’s ban on wheat export would come up for dialogue, Kwatra mentioned meals safety is “paramount”, however wherever doable, India will meet the wants of weak economies.

“The wants of meals safety in India are paramount for us. But on the similar time, we’ve additionally been very cautious and calibrated in guaranteeing that the wants of the weak economic system — economies which can be weak to the dangers of meals safety — wherever doable, are met,” he mentioned.

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