It appears a face-to-face meeting of Quad leaders later this year is on course. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar indirectly confirmed it in Washington, DC, saying “when we are members of anything we are very keen about it, otherwise we won’t be members”.
He said the Quad is “an expression of the convergence of interests of many countries, it is in many ways a reflection of the contemporary nature of the world order… Quad used to and still does discuss maritime security and connectivity. In recent years it has started to discuss technology issues, supply chain issues and vaccine production”. Without naming China he acknowledged the Quad had “many many concerns”.