Tornoto: Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama
today effusively praised each other during their meeting here
with the US President saying the Indian Prime Minister`s
extraordinary leadership has "helped us navigate through some
very difficult times".
Ahead of the meeting, Obama told reporters: "Whenever the Indian Prime Minister speaks, the whole world listens to him."
Meeting for the second time in two months, Obama told
Singh that he was "very much" looking forward to his visit to
India in November this year.
The 48-year-old American President called the
77-year-old economist-Prime Minister a "good friend" and said
he continues to believe that the "extraordinary leadership
that Prime Minister Singh has provided not just to India, but
to the world, has helped us navigate through some very
"Prime Minister, thank you so much for your
friendship, and we look forward to working with you in the
months to come, leading up to the (India) visit, so that we
know that we`re going to have a very productive stay when
we`re in India," he said.
On his part, Singh told Obama that he was a role model
to millions and millions of people all over the world.
"Your life history is a history which inspires
millions of people everywhere where there are people who have
risen by the sheer depth of their austerity, of their hard
work, and their commitment to the values on which you have
worked and you`ve stood for," he said.
Singh said it has been his privilege to enjoy his
"friendship" with Obama, which he will cherish forever.