US has no plans to expand QUAD membership, claim Reports

Washington: The United States on Monday clarified that they currently have no intentions of including additional members to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD).

During a media briefing regarding the expansion of QUAD, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House Press Secretary, responded by stating that the QUAD was formed only two years ago and is still a relatively new alliance. She further mentioned that there are no intentions to include new members. QUAD members have agreed that their current focus is to solidify the alliance’s strengths.

Karine Jean-Pierre added that while the QUAD does not currently have plans to include new members, it is open to collaborating with a wide range of partners in the Indo-Pacific region, including through partnerships with its Indo-Pacific partners on maritime domain awareness. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, consisting of India, Australia, the US, and Japan, aims to promote a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese recently announced that the Quad Leaders’ Summit will be held on May 24 in Sydney, providing an opportunity for cooperation between the US, Japan, India, and Australia on issues such as climate, global health, and infrastructure. While the QUAD’s priority is to deliver for the Indo-Pacific, there are no current plans for extension or expansion.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to attend the summit in Australia in May, with the Quad’s leaders having previously met on four occasions. The Quad’s significance in the region has increased due to its focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth and the strengthening of connections between Quad and non-Quad members.

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