Washington: U.S. President Joe Biden will attend the May 19-21 summit of the Group of Seven major countries in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, the White House said Tuesday.
On May 24, the president will take part in a summit in Sydney of the Quad countries of Japan, the United States, Australia and India, the White House added.
At the meetings, Biden is expected to call for continued support for Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia. He is also seen aiming to strengthen the unity among the G-7 and Quad nations against China, which continues hegemonic moves in the Indo-Pacific region while enhancing its ties with Russia.
“The president and G-7 leaders will discuss a range of the most pressing global issues, including the G-7’s unwavering support for Ukraine, addressing the dual food and climate crises, securing inclusive and resilient economic growth, and continuing to lead a clean energy transition at home and for our partners around the world,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
The summit among Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union will be chaired by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
At the Quad summit, Biden, Kishida, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss how they can deepen their cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, high-quality infrastructure, global health, climate change and maritime domain awareness, Jean-Pierre said.
The third in-person Quad summit will take place at the Sydney Opera House in the Australian city.
One of the agenda will be “how the Quad can work alongside partners and regional groupings,” such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum, “to strengthen our cooperation and shape the region we all want to live in,” Albanese said in a statement.
“The Quad is committed to supporting an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific that is respectful of sovereignty,” the statement added.