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Quad foreign ministers meet reiterates support for expansion of UN Security Council

AKIPRESS.COM - The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) on Friday reiterated its support for the UN Charter, including the expansion of permanent and non-permanent seats of the 15-member world body, The Print reported.

The Quad foreign ministers meet, presided by India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, was held in New Delhi following the G20 foreign ministers’ meet. The meeting carried out a comprehensive review of various issues, ranging from Indo-Pacific to ASEAN.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Japanese Yoshimasa Hayashi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the meeting held at the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue 2023 in New Delhi on Friday.

Talking about the reforms in United Nations Security Council, the Quad foreign ministers said, “We concur that the rules-based international order is anchored in international law, including the UN Charter, and the principles of sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all states. We are committed to cooperating to address attempts to unilaterally subvert the UN and international system, in consultation with our partners and through multilateral and international platforms,” the statement read.

“We reiterate our unwavering support for the UN Charter, including its three pillars, and our steadfast commitment to strengthening the UN and international system through a comprehensive reform agenda, including through expansion in permanent and non-permanent seats of the UN Security Council.

In this regard, we commit to active and constructive engagement in the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) process on Security Council Reforms with an overall objective of making the UN Security Council more effective, representative, and credible,” it added.

Quad also reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific and strongly supported the peaceful settlement of disputes without resorting to threats or use of force and freedom of navigation and overflight.

While reiterating that the Quad was not aimed at countering China, Quad Sid that “Our meeting reaffirms the Quad’s steadfast commitment to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive and resilient.

We strongly support the principles of freedom, rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes without resorting to threat or use of force and freedom of navigation and overflight and oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo, all of which are essential to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” according to the statement released by Quad.

In September 2022, a joint statement was issued following a meeting of Quad foreign ministers in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly committed towards expanding the UNSC. That meeting was attended by Penny Wong of Australia, S Jaishankar of India, Hayashi Yoshimasa of Japan and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Meanwhile, the eighth edition of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi from March 2-4, was inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Thursday and chief guest, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni delivered the keynote speech. The meeting came a day after foreign ministers of the G-20 countries met in Delhi under India’s presidency.

The conference, organised under the theme ‘Provocation, Uncertainty, Turbulence: Lighthouse in the Tempest?’, is witnessing the participation of representatives from over 100 countries.

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