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Not enough that Indo-Pacific region is open and free, India must be so too: Congress leader Chidambaram

The Quad leaders had vowed to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values.

Published: 13th March 2021 11:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2021 11:16 PM   |  A+A-

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A day after the Quad leaders' summit, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Saturday took a dig at the government, saying it is not enough that the Indo-Pacific region is open and free, India must be so too.

In a first such summit, the Quad leaders -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga -- vowed to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion.

"It is not enough that, as the Quad leaders said, the Indo-Pacific region is open and free. India must be open and free," Chidambaram tweeted.

"The repressive laws and the suppression of dissent are the not the hallmark of an open and free country," he said.



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