September is usually a hectic month in the United States especially in foreign policy. Usually it is the period of time when the American President will travel to New York to deliver an address to the United Nations General Assembly ; and with this the world body will see a number of foreign leaders addressing it. But leading up to Sept. many embassies in Washington DC will be working their contacts and lobbyists overtime to see if their Prime Minister or President could travel to the capital city for a privy session at the Oval Office. Most of the requests are turned down politely on one pretext or another; but the practical context is that it is virtually impossible for the White House to be playing host to every foreign leader visiting New York.
Among those who will be in Washington DC next week are the Prime Ministers of India, Japan and Australia to attend the first “physical” meeting of the QUAD, a four nation alliance that includes the United States to further common interests of the Indo Pacific. President Joseph Biden is playing host to Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Yoshihide Suga and Scott Morrison in what is seen as a meeting coming at a critical time not just for the nations involved in the exercise but for the larger region and the international system as a whole. The Japanese leader Suga will be stepping down by the end of the month but his presence in the Quad meeting of Sept. 24 underscores the importance Tokyo places on the personal meeting. For Prime Minister Modi it is not just the Quad meet but also a face-to-face session with President Biden and a bilateral between the two delegations.