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Will PM Meet Obama?

  • By PTI

  • Jun 18, 2012
  • LOS CABOS, Mexico,Mexico

    The possibility of a pull-aside meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the G-20 Summit here is not being ruled out, days after the two leaders agreed to work together to address the faltering global economy and the painful eurozone crisis.

    Singh, who will be participating at the seventh summit of the Group of 20 developed and developing countries, has an impressive array of bilateral meetings lined up with world leaders during the two-day deliberations taking place in this Mexican coastal resort against the backdrop of problems afflicting the 17-nation eurozone.

    When asked whether there will be a bilateral meeting between Obama and Singh, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters nothing has been scheduled but a pull-aside meeting could happen.

    Singh and Obama share excellent bonhomie, with the president often turning to the economist-turned politician for advice on economic issues.

    Obama telephoned Singh last Thursday during which the two leaders agreed to work to make the Los Cabos summit a success.

    Singh is due to hold meetings with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian and British Premiers Stephen Harper and David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    As the current chair of the five-nation BRICS bloc, Singh will also interact with leaders of the grouping with whom he is not holding any bilateral meetings. They include Chinese President Hu Jintao. Besides India and China, other members of the bloc are Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

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