G20 Foreign Minister Squad Meeting in Delhi2 min read
The Foreign Ministers of each country reaffirmed the group’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. It said it strongly supports the principles of the rule of law, supremacy, territorial integrity, and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Foreign Minister’s Quad carried out an exhaustive review of the situation in the Indo-Pacific at a meeting presided over by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and attended.
This meeting came against rising global concerns over the increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region. “Our meeting today reaffirms the Quad’s steadfast commitment to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive and resilient,” a joint statement said. “We strongly support the principles of freedom, the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes without resorting to threat or use of force, and freedom of navigation and overflight, and oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo, all of which are essential to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” it said.
The foreign minister said the Quad is acting as a force for regional and global good, and the priorities of the Indo-Pacific region will guide it through its provide and constructive agenda. “We concur that the rules-based international order is anchored in international law, including the UN Charter, and the principles of sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all states,” it said. “We are committed to cooperating to address attempts to unilaterally subvert the UN and international system, in consultation with our partners and through multilateral and international platforms,” it added.
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