A summit meeting by four countries called quads, Japan, the United States, Australia, and India, began after 3:00 am Japan time, strengthening cooperation toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, measures against the new coronavirus, etc. We agreed on the policy of expanding cooperation on the issues of.

Prime Minister Kan, who is visiting Washington, the capital of the United States, will hold a quad-four-country summit meeting with President Biden of the United States, Prime Minister Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Modi of India at the White House after 3:00 am Japan time. I am facing.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Suga said, "We have achieved the first face-to-face summit in quad, which shows the strong unity of the four countries and our unwavering commitment to the common vision of'free and open Indo-Pacific'. It's a thing. "

After that, he said, "We will confirm the progress of concrete cooperation in measures against the new coronavirus, and expand cooperation through human exchanges in the fields of infrastructure, clean energy, and science and technology."

US President Joe Biden said, "We are partners in democracies, share a worldview and have a common vision for the future. We are positive towards the realization of the free and open Indo-Pacific at the last meeting. We have made great commitments to our plans and have made great progress. "

"Our vaccine cooperation will be of great help to countries in the Indo-Pacific region, and we hope that Quad will bring peace and prosperity to the Indo-Pacific region and the world," said Indian Prime Minister Modi.

Australia's Prime Minister Morrison said, "The Indo-Pacific region has great potential, is full of diversity and wealth, but there are many challenges that need to be resolved. It is a region where the sovereignty of all countries is respected without pressure. We will unite our strengths with the aim of achieving this. "

At the meeting, with China intensifying supremacy behavior in mind, we confirmed cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, important technologies such as new coronavirus countermeasures, high-speed and large-capacity 5G, and climate change. It is expected that a joint statement will be compiled that incorporates the results of discussions on countermeasures.