Japan's Security / Peace & Stability of the International Community
Japan-Australia-India-U.S.(Quad) Leaders’ Video Conference
On March 3, commencing at 11:00 p.m. for approximately 70 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, with the Hon Scott Morrison, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. President of the United States of America, held a video conference. This conference was called for and hosted by the U.S., and after the conference, Joint Call Readout was released. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- The four leaders exchanged views on the increasingly tense situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Kishida stated that the aggression by Russia this time is an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force, shakes the foundation of the international order, and strongly condemned Russia, and that Japan has been promptly implementing tough measures, aligning closely with the international community including G7.
- The four leaders also exchanged views on assistance for Ukraine, and Prime Minister Kishida stated that he had recently conveyed to Ukrainian President Zelensky his intention to provide $100 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people, who are facing a national crisis, in addition to the loan of not less than $100 million, and that he had expressed his willingness to accept displaced persons.
- The four leaders also concurred to work closely together to respond to the situation in Ukraine.
- Furthermore, the four leaders concurred that any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force, such as this time, must not be tolerated in the Indo-Pacific region, and that it is precisely because of this situation that it is critical to further promote efforts toward the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific".
- The four leaders concurred that, toward the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific", the four countries will steadily advance various practical cooperation that they have been promoting in such fields as health security and COVID-19 response measures including vaccine-related support, infrastructure, climate change, and critical and emerging technologies. They also concurred on the importance of continuing to positively contribute to the region as the Quad and concurred to stand up a new humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mechanism.
- The four leaders concurred to hold the next Quad Summit Meeting in Tokyo in the coming months, and confirmed that the four countries will work closely together for its success.