Quad foreign ministers reaffirm objection to unilateral change of status quo

The foreign ministers from the Quad nations of Japan, the United States, Australia and India have reaffirmed their stance to oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo.

Japan's Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and India's External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met on Friday in New Delhi.

The meeting followed the Group of 20 foreign ministerial talks that ended the previous day.

Hayashi said it is important not to allow any attempt to change the status quo by force in any part of the world, as well as to maintain international order based on the rule of law.

Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the top four diplomats agreed that a peaceful resolution of the conflict should be respected, and the threat and use of nuclear weapons should never be accepted.

They also confirmed that they will actively be involved in the negotiations to discuss reforms of the UN Security Council, as it has been pointed out that the body has been dysfunctional over the situation in Ukraine.

With China's increasing maritime activities in the East and South China seas in mind, the foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of complying with international law, and reiterated their strong objection to any unilateral attempt to change the status quo.

On North Korea, they condemned its repeated launches of ballistic missiles and agreed to work together toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

They also agreed to provide support for anti-terror and disaster response measures to island nations in the Pacific in order to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The top diplomats issued a joint statement stressing the importance of adherence to international law to meet challenges to the maritime rules-based order, including in the East and South China seas.