Suga calls Quad summit a success

The leaders of Japan, the United States, Australia and India have presented a united front at their first in-person summit, where they called for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide met with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Friday. The four-way alliance of regional democracies has come to be known as the Quad.

Suga told reporters after the summit that the leaders agreed to cooperate across a range of fields, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, infrastructure building, and the development of space.

He said the summit succeeded in deepening cooperation between the countries in their quest to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Suga said the countries will work more closely on the development of clean energy, and human resource exchanges.

He also said the Quad member states agreed to meet annually.