Obama to Meet Singh, Gilani on Sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit

On the sidelienes of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, US President Barack Obama will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Premier Yusuf Raza Gilani, said media reports citing the White House.

After November 24 White House State Dinner, this would be first meeting between Obama and Singh.

However, any bilateral meeting between Singh and Gilani is unlikely in the summit, which would be attended by leaders from more than 40 countries, said reports quoting unnamed diplomatic sources.

According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, during Singh-Obama meeting, the civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries is expected to figure besides a host of bilateral and regional issues, reports said.

“As part of the Nuclear Security Summit, the (US) President is currently planning to host a number of bilateral meetings. Those include President Sargsian of Armenia, President Hu Jintao of China, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Singh, King Abdullah II of Jordan; Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, Prime Minister of Pakistan, President Zuma of South Africa and President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan,” Gibbs was quoted as saying while talking to reporters.

The United Nations, the IAEA, and the European Union will also be represented at the meeting.

(Based on internet reports)

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