New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be visiting Tokyo in Japan from October 6-7, to participate in the second ministerial meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad and hold a series of bilateral meetings against the backdrop of the border standoff with China.
During the meeting regional issues will be discussed and the participants will collectively affirm the importance of maintaining a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Dr Jaishankar is visiting Tokyo for bilateral consultations with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi and the two ministers are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, the ministry said.
He will also hold bilateral consultations with his counterparts from Australia, and the US during his visit.
The foreign ministers shall discuss the post-Covid 19 international order and the need for a coordinated response to the various challenges emerging from the pandemic.
The Quad meet comes against the backdrop of China’s aggressive actions across the Indo-Pacific.
All four members of the grouping have serious differences with China—India is engaged in a border standoff in Ladakh, the Australian government has pledged to halt projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Japan is worried about Chinese intrusions near the Senkaku Islands, and the US is engaged in a trade war.