Washington: India, Australia, Japan and the US on Friday pledged to work together for ensuring peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific and the world, as top leaders of the Quad grouping announced a slew of new initiatives to take on common challenges, amidst muscle flexing by an assertive China in the strategic region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first leader invited by host President Joe Biden to address the first in-person Quad gathering in the East Room of the White House.Also Read - Committed to Taking on Toughest Challenges We Face Together, Tweets Biden After Bilateral Meeting With PM Modi

PM Modi proposed a common international travelling protocol involving mutual recognition of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate at the Quad leaders’ summit, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday, adding that the proposal was “well-received” by all leaders of Quad nations. Also Read - Quad Countries Have Common Vision For Future, Working Together To Take On Key Challenges: US President Joe Biden

“PM Narendra Modi proposed a common international travelling protocol involving mutual recognition of the COVID19 vaccination certificate. It was well-received by all Quad leaders,” Shringla said, speaking at a special briefing. Also Read - Quad Vaccine Initiative Will Help Indo-Pacific Nations to Great Extent: PM Modi at Summit

In his opening remarks at the Quad summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, PM Modi said that that the Quad vaccine initiative will help Indo-Pacific nations as the world is battling with COVID-19.

The prime minister said that the world is battling with COVID-19 and the Quad members again came together in the interest of humanity.

In March, the India-US-Japan-Australia Quadrilateral initiative, or Quad decided to build a first-of-its-kind joint vaccine supply chain to address the current and any future pandemic situations in the Indo-Pacific region.

Vaccines will be developed in the US, manufactured in India, financed by Japan and the US, and supported by Australia through logistics for the Indo-Pacific including island states.

“Our Quad vaccine initiative will help Indo-Pacific nations. Quad decided to go ahead with a positive approach on basis of our shared democratic values. I would be happy to discuss with my friends-be it supply chain, global security, climate action, COVID response or tech cooperation,” PM Modi said at Quad Leaders’ Summit.

“I express my gratitude to President Joe Biden for the first in-person Quad meeting. Four countries, for the first time, came together to help the Indo-Pacific region after the 2004 Tsunami. Today when the world is battling with COVID-19, we being the Quad members are again came together in the interest of humanity,” he added.

(With inputs from ANI)