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Quad must keep India on board, former Japanese PM Suga says

Protecting 4-way partnership is crucial for 'free and open Indo-Pacific'

U.S. President Joe Biden hosts, from left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and then-Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at a Quad summit in September 2021. (Photo courtesy of the White House) 

TOKYO -- Quad members Japan, the U.S. and Australia must strive to keep India in the grouping, despite New Delhi's reluctance to denounce Russia's invasion of Ukraine, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Sunday.

In the hard, cold world of foreign policy and national security, "Protecting this framework of the four countries will be extremely important for the peace and safety of the free and open Indo-Pacific," he said. "Through trial and error, Japan is trying to send messages to India."

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