The Chronicle

ScoMo to meet Joe in person


PRIME Minister Scott Morrison will meet US President Joe Biden in person as the White House plays host to the first ever Quad meeting next week.

It will be the first in-person summit of the leaders of the “Quad” nations – Australia, US, Japan and India.

In a statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the summit would be held at the White House on September 24.

The leaders would “be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical co-operation on areas such as combating Covid-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologi­es and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific”, Ms Psaki said.

“Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrat­es the BidenHarri­s Administra­tion’s priority of engaging in the IndoPacifi­c, including through new multilater­al configurat­ions to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

A virtual meeting of the Quad was held in March.

Last week Mr Morrison said he was looking forward to the next Quad meeting.

“We are expecting for the next face-to-face meeting of the Quad to be held in Washington later this month and we’re still awaiting final details of that and I’ll look forward to be in Washington to be part of those discussion­s,” he said.

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