Speaking to the media during his visit to the United States on Friday, Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) “fills a very important gap that no contemporary country or bilateral relationship can fill. In his remarks, he shrugged off past hesitations and wariness on the issue.
At the conclusion of his two-day engagement with several Biden administration dignitaries, Sugarson told reporters that he had conveyed and emphasized in many meetings India’s desire to strengthen production of New Crown vaccine because the United States is “absolutely indispensable” in the supply chain. Another goal of his trip was to express appreciation for the “very strong support” the U.S. has shown to India in dealing with the second wave of the New Guinea outbreak. The new Biden administration has its own world view, and “they need to hear from us, too,” Sugarson said. The U.S. is reportedly planning to push for a quadripartite dialogue leaders summit this fall.
As the Indian government’s foreign policy chief, Sujesen told reporters, “I mean, when we are a member of anything, we are very keen on it, otherwise we wouldn’t be a member.” He added, “So, I mean we have a clear understanding of the Quadripartite Security Dialogue mechanism.” Sugarson said, “Today’s Quadripartite Security Dialogue mechanism fills a very important gap, which has emerged in contemporary times.” He stressed that “there are global or regional requirements there that cannot be filled by a single country, or even by a bilateral relationship, and that are not addressed at the multilateral level.”
The Hindustan Times reported that India’s commitment to the Quadripartite Security Dialogue mechanism has been the subject of much speculation, despite the fact that it was Australia that abandoned the nascent initiative in 2008 under pressure from China. The mechanism was not resurrected until 2017.
Su Jaisheng was serving as the Modi government’s secretary of state for foreign affairs at the time. The first meeting of the re-established Quadripartite Security Dialogue mechanism was elevated to the foreign ministerial level in 2019. Sujesen attended that meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York. Sujesen said, “I say this to you as someone who has attended almost all, you know, not all of the Quadripartite Security Dialogue meetings, or various meetings at different levels as the Quadripartite Security Dialogue has evolved, and we see it as an expression of the convergence of interests of many countries, reflecting in many ways the contemporary nature of the world order. “
You know, at some point, we have to leave the Cold War behind,” said Sujesen. He went on to describe the skeptics and critics of India’s participation in the Quadripartite Security Dialogue as those who are “stuck in the Cold War. In the Cold War, India was one of the founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement.