Scott Morrison will be joining a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meeting announced by US President Joe Biden today.
The meeting will see leaders of the USA, Australia, Japan and India participate in an online summit to discuss global issues.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden’s alliance with “the Quad” is one of his top priorities.
“That President Biden has made this one of his earlier multilateral engagements speaks to the importance we place on close cooperation with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.
The quad meeting will revolve around global issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and region security, issues Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he has been eager to address with the leaders.
“I’m looking forward to those discussions and it will deal with security matters, maritime issues and a range of other topics of that nature but it will also drill into the challenge with environment and climate and of course the COVID-19 response in our region,” he said.
“This was the first thing I discussed with President Biden and I was so pleased the new administration [was] also so enthusiastic about this program.”
Morrison believes the meeting will reinforce its bond with these nations.
“It’s certainly worth staying up late it will be an historic moment in our region, and it sends a strong message to the region about our support for a sovereign, independent Indo-Pacific,” he said.
The meeting be taking place Friday morning, Washington, D.C. time.
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