US officials tiff with security men over access to venue

American officials and media on Monday had a tiff with Indian security personnel over access to a venue for a photo op of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 22:31 PM IST

New Delhi: American officials and media on Monday had a tiff with Indian security personnel over access to a venue for a photo op of a meeting between Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama.

The incident took place at Hyderabad House when the
American side wanted eight "pool" photo-journalists to be
allowed inside to cover the event, sources said.

The agreement was for allowing five photo-journalists
each from both the sides to cover the event but the American
side insisted that all the eight "pool" members be allowed
inside.

This led to heated arguments between senior US
officials and Indian security personnel and White House
spokesperson Robert Gibbs even threatening he would "pull out"
the US President from the meeting.

Finally, security personnel gave in and Americans had
the way.

PTI