Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says Scott Morrison feels the upcoming Quad meeting is too important strategically for him not to attend.
The meeting of the US, Australia, India and Japan was announced overnight and will be on September 24.
“No secret here this is all about helping the US and its allies map out a strategy for how to deal with China,” Mr Clennell said.
“As the White House statement says: ‘The Biden-Harris Administration has made elevating the Quad a priority. Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
The Quad leaders will be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such a combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.’
“So Scott Morrison has to quarantine yet again – something which took him out of the action as the lockdown hit Sydney in June and July, but he feels this is such an important meeting strategically for Australia he has no choice but to attend,” Mr Clennell said.