The four-nation Quad grouping signed the Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Guidelines at a meeting of their foreign ministers in New York on Friday, a move welcomed by India as “extremely timely”.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that this a “particularly timely meeting” because the world is going through a very difficult period.
“We have had a few years of the Quad. Given the turbulent times, it is particularly important that we the Quad go further in the constructive agenda that we have set for ourselves, that we work together really delivering the public goods,” he said.
“Particularly what we are signing today is extremely timely. And today, I think this is also an opportunity for us together to discuss how to strengthen the multilateral system,” he said.