Quad leaders agree Ukraine experience should not be allowed in Indo-Pacific

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(VOVWORLD) - Leaders of the Quad grouping of countries - the United States, India, Australia and Japan - agreed on Thursday that what is happening to Ukraine should not be allowed to happen in the Indo-Pacific.

"We've agreed that unilateral changes to the status quo with force should not be allowed in the Indo-Pacific region," Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said after the virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A joint Quad statement said the leaders met to "reaffirm their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states is respected and countries are free from military, economic, and political coercion."

The leaders "reaffirmed their dedication to the Quad as a mechanism to promote regional stability and prosperity."

The statementadded that the leaders agreed to meet in person in Tokyo "in the coming months."