Gist of agreements reached during Quad leaders’ meeting

Sep 25, 2021 – 13:24 KYODO NEWS

(From L) Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  U.S. President Joe Biden and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison pose for a photo on Sept. 24, 2021, at the White House in Washington. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Cabinet Public Relations Office)(Kyodo)

WASHINGTON – The following is the gist of agreements reached during Friday’s meeting between the leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India, a group of countries collectively called the Quad.

The Quad:

— recommits to promoting a free, open, rules-based order.

— agrees to hold a meeting of its leaders annually.

— affirms coronavirus vaccine manufacturing efforts are on track.

— will meet challenges to rules-based order in the East, South China seas.

— will begin cooperation in space, including sharing satellite data.

— will bolster supply chain security for semiconductors.

— calls North Korea to engage in dialogue for denuclearization.