India-Australia-Japan-USA hold second ministerial meeting

Oct 06: Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs participated in the Second India-AustraliaJapanUSA Ministerial Meeting on 6 October 2020 in Tokyo. The Foreign Ministers followed up on their discussions in September 2019 and discussed the post-COVID-19 international order. They called for a coordinated response to the challenges including financial problems emanating from the pandemic; need to share best practices to combat Covid-19; increasing the resilience of supply chains; and enhancing access to affordable vaccines, medicines, and medical equipment.

The Foreign Ministers exchanged views about regional issues of mutual interest, and issues related to connectivity; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; maritime safety and security; health security, and counterterrorism. They reaffirmed their collective vision of maintaining a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. They reiterated their firm support to ASEAN centrality and highlighted their readiness to work towards realizing a common vision for the Indo-Pacific. Appreciating the value of these consultations, they agreed to hold them regularly.

External Affairs Minister also had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State of USA.; and will be meeting H.E. Ms. Marise Payne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia; and the Foreign Minister of Japan H.E. Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi. These meetings provided the respective Ministers an opportunity to review ongoing bilateral cooperation and discuss regional, global, and other issues of mutual interest.