Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said that he will host US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for a security summit on May 24 in Sydney. This will be the first time that Australia will host the Quad Leaders’ Summit.
Albanese attended a summit in Tokyo hours after he was sworn in as prime minister following elections last year. “Quad partners are deeply invested in the success of the Indo-Pacific,” Albanese said in a statement, adding, “Leveraging our collective strengths helps Australia advance its interests and more effectively respond to the region’s needs. We are always better off when we act together with our close friends and partners.”
The Quad, comprising the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, is committed to supporting an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific that is respectful of sovereignty and ensures security and growth for all, the Australian Prime Minister said. “I look forward to discussing with Quad leaders how we – alongside important regional institutions, such as ASEAN, the Pacific Islands Forum, the Indian Ocean Rim Association and our regional partners – can shape the Indo-Pacific region we all want to live in.”