Committed To Countering Terrorism: Quad Foreign Ministers In NY
NEW YORK, NY (ANI) – The Quad nations, which includes the US, India, Japan and Australia, on September 22 reaffirmed their commitment to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the “cross-border movement of terrorists and countering terror finance networks and safe havens.”
Foreign ministers of the four-nation bloc — External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Japanese Foreign Minister Yōko Kamikawa — met here on the margins of the high-level 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meeting.
Addressing the issue of forceful coercion of territories, the leaders also emphasised the resolution of international issues peacefully and in accordance with international law and called for addressing the challenges in the “South and East China Seas,” in a veiled attack on China.
The Joint statement said, “We reaffirm our conviction that international law, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the maintenance of peace and security in the maritime domain underpin the development and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. We emphasised that disputes should be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law, without threat or use of force.”
Quad nations further added, “We emphasize the importance of adherence to international law, particularly as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to address challenges to the global maritime rules-based order, including with respect to maritime claims, and in the South and East China Seas.”
After the meeting, Blinken said the Quad ministers reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
The meeting came when tensions between India and Canada were rising.