By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 23, Sep 2021, 19:21 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Sep 2021, 19:29 pm IST
New Delhi: Ahead of the first in-person Quad Summit in Washington this week, the US has ruled out adding India or Japan to the new trilateral security partnership, which includes Australia and Britain.
Responding to a question if countries like India and Japan would be made part of the new security alliance to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that there is no one else who will be involved in security in the Indo-Pacific.
"The announcement of AUKUS last week was not meant to be an indication, and I think this is the message the President also sent to (French President Emmanuel) Macron, that there is no one else who will be involved in security in the Indo-Pacific," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Wednesday, reported news agency PTI.
Last week on September 15, the US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jointly announced the formation of the trilateral security alliance AUKUS.
The trilateral security alliance AUKUS is being seen as an effort to counter China in the Indo-Pacific region. Under this new trilateral security partnership, Australia for the first time, would get a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will allow the US and the UK to provide Australia with the technology to develop nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.
It is to be noted that the new trilateral security alliance AUKUS has come at the time when leaders of India and Japan would be in Washington to attend the first in-person Quad Summit. US President Joe Biden is hosting the first in-person Quad summit at the White House on September 24. The Quad comprises India, the US, Japan and Australia.