Melbourne (Chindwin): Leaders at the Quad, also known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” have issued a joint statement calling upon Myanmar’s military regime to end violence in the war-torn country.
The Quad leaders convene a face-to-face meeting in Tokyo, Japan today.
At the end of the meeting, leader have issued a joint statement which includes a renewed call on Myanmar, saying that “We remain deeply concerned by the crisis in Myanmar, which has caused grave humanitarian suffering and posed challenges to regional stability. We continue to call for the immediate end to violence in Myanmar, the release of all political detainees, including foreigners, engagement in constructive dialogue, humanitarian access, and the swift restoration of democracy. We reaffirm our support for ASEAN-led efforts to seek a solution in Myanmar and welcome the role of Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair. We further call for the urgent implementation of the ASEAN Five Point Consensus”.
The Quad Alliance members are Australia, India, Japan and the United States of America, with the strategic grouping coming into a more formal structured partnership in 2022.
The group was formed informally in the wake of the tsunami in Indonesia 2014 for broad border relief efforts but disbanded soon.
Years later, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed a more formal meeting which was held in Philippines in November 2017.
President Biden has resumed a formal grouping meeting in March 2021 and since then the four nations have meet four times including the Tuesday meeting in Japan.