Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Tuesday that he will host the 2023 Quad Leaders’ Summit at Sydney Opera House on May 24.
This marks the first time Australia will host the summit of the diplomatic partnership, which includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States, aimed at promoting stability, resilience and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.
It will be the first time that Mr Biden travel to Australia as US President. In 2016, Biden visited Sydney as the US Vice-President.
The upcoming summit follows the Prime Minister’s attendance at the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo in May 2022 and will be the third in-person meeting of the Quad Leaders. Prime Minister Albanese is looking forward to welcoming his counterparts to Australia and building on the meetings he has already had with Prime Minister Modi, Prime Minister Kishida, and President Biden.
Prime Minister Albanese while talking to media in Sydney emphasized that Quad partners are deeply invested in the success of the Indo-Pacific.
“Leveraging our collective strengths helps Australia advance its interests and more effectively respond to the region’s needs”.
“We always better off when we act together with close friends and partners”, he added.
“The Quad is committed to promoting an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific that is respectful of sovereignty and ensures security and growth for all”, said a statement issued from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The partnership is taking practical action to address shared regional challenges, such as improving regional health security, advancing critical and emerging technologies, strengthening connectivity, enhancing clean energy innovation, and boosting supply chain resilience.
“The Quad is committed to supporting an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific that is respectful of sovereignty and ensures security and growth for all,” said Prime Minister Albanese.
“I look forward to discussing with Quad Leaders how we – alongside important regional institutions, such as ASEAN, the Pacific Islands Forum, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, and our regional partners – can shape the Indo-Pacific region we all want to live in.”
This year, Quad partners are playing a strong leadership role in the Indo-Pacific through hosting the G20 (India), G7 (Japan), and APEC (US).
In Sydney, Quad Leaders will discuss how the Quad can work alongside partners and regional groupings, including ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum, to strengthen cooperation and shape the region they all want to live in.