QUAD issues joint statement: Condemns terror attacks in India
The QUAD Foreign Ministers on Friday issued a joint statement in which they denounced the use of terrorist proxies for cross-border terrorism. They also reiterated the resolve to keep the Indo-Pacific region free from bullying and opposed “coercive” economic policies.
Dr. S Jaishankar termed the QUAD as a vibrant and substantial framework for promoting the shared vision of a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
The statement of the QUAD said, “We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, India and Japan and the Secretary of State of the United States met in Melbourne, Australia on 11 February 2022, for the fourth QUAD Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. In the meeting, we reaffirm the QUAD’s commitment to supporting Indo-Pacific countries’ efforts to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific – a region that is inclusive and resilient, and in which states strive to protect the interests of their people, free from coercion.”
It added, “The QUAD is exchanging information on ever-evolving threats and working with Indo-Pacific countries, and in multilateral fora, to counter all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.”
The QUAD further said, We reiterate our condemnation of terrorist attacks in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. We reaffirm UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021) that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country, shelter or train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist acts, with such ungoverned spaces being a direct threat to the safety and security of the Indo-Pacific.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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