MARCH 12, 2021 8:32 A.M. EST
PRESIDENT BIDEN: Hello, everyone. I wish we were able to do this in person, but it’s wonderful to gather with friends even — even in this virtual format. We’re reminded that we’re in the midst of a global crisis, but we’re going to overcome that as well.
The Quad group is — was created in the wake of, as you just — everyone just saw on that short film — in the wake of a crisis under my predecessor, George W. Bush, on the 204 — the 2004 tsunami.
I remember later, Mr. Prime Minister, in Japan, going and visiting that — the aftermath of that. It was devastating what you all went through.
And for the first time, we’re convening this group as — at a leader level. And I want to thank my counterparts for joining me today: Prime Minister Morrison and Modi and Suga. You — it’s good to have you all. Like I said, I wish we were doing this together.
The — it’s also the first multilateral summit that I’ve had the opportunity to host as President. And on this — and on this moment, it’s a purpose that I think we all are concerned about: a free and open Indo-Pacific is essential to each of our futures, our countries.
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