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Quad discusses 5G, Indo-Pacific infrastructure

Quad discusses 5G, Indo-Pacific infrastructure

enior officials from the Foreign Ministries of “the Quad” group of countries — India, the U.S., Australia and Japan — met virtually on Friday, during the United Nations high level week, as part of their periodic consultations on the Indo-Pacific region.Officials discussed “ongoing and proposed practical cooperation in the areas of connectivity and infrastructure development”, a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement said.The U.S. State Department spelt out the discussion on connectivity more. “Noting the importance of digital connectivity and secure networks, the officials discussed ways to promote the use of trusted vendors, particularly for fifth generation (5G) networks,” it said in a statement on the meeting.The MEA statement on the Thursday meeting, unlike the U.S. statement, does not use the word “Quad” in the text.The officials indicated that there would be a Ministerial-level meeting of the Quad later this year, as per the MEA statement. There has been discussion on an in-person meeting of Ministers in New Delhi in October.

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