Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reaffirmed his commitment to working with Quad nations to realise a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region.
Before the funeral of Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, Albanese met with U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris in Tokyo.
“We live in uncertain times. There is strategic competition; it’s something that we’re very conscious of Indo-Pacific,” he told Harris before an Australia-United States bilateral meeting.
“It is critical that we continue to engage and cooperate and work together on these issues.”
Albanese also thought about the crucial role Abe played in creating Quad to ensure stability in the region.
The fact that he attended the Quad leader’s meeting two days after being sworn in as prime minister in May indicated how important the partnership was to Australia, Albanese said.
The vice president also said the Quad was an important partnership for the United States to address “some of the most pressing issues facing the world,” referring to Beijing’s increasing aggression and militarization of the region.
“It is significant that we are here together in Tokyo in that we also share a common goal and bond as it relates to our dedication to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.