Quad foreign minister sign an agreement to operationalise Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief at New York

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The foreign ministers of the Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) signed an agreement in New York, United States on 23 September 2022 to operationalise Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the Indo-Pacific area.

Foreign ministers of India(S.Jaishanker), Australia(Penny Wong,), United States(Anthony Blinken) and Japan(Hayashi Yoshimasa ) signed the agreement  to operationalise, which was announced by the  Quad Leaders in Tokyo on 24 May 2022, as part of a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.

Under the HADR, the member countries will coordinate their disaster response operations in the region with other National and International agencies, private ,non-governmental organisations .

Next  Quad foreign minister’s meeting  to be held in New Delhi

They also agreed to hold the next foreign minister’s meeting of the Quad in India in early 2023.

The concept of QUAD was given by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007 for maritime cooperation between these countries after the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster in 2004. 


Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) :

  • It is a group of Australia, India, Japan and the United States to promote cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The first in person summit meeting of the Quad leaders was in Washington, United States  in 2021.
  • The second in person summit meeting was held in May 2022 in Japan 
  • The third summit meeting will be held in Australia in 2023.

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