Australia pulls out of the Sydney Quad summit after Biden’s postponement


Australia has cancelled the Quad meeting in Sydney after the US postponed the meeting due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the US.

The meeting had been scheduled for March 4 with the aim of strengthening the Quad – a strategic partnership between Australia, India, Japan and the United States.

The US Embassy in Canberra said the postponement was due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the US.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was “disappointed” to hear of the postponement but respected the US decision.

In a statement, the department said it was working with the Quad partners to reschedule the meeting at a later date.