Washington: Though no official one-to-one
meeting has been scheduled between US President Barack Obama
and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the two leaders are
expected to have informal chats with each other at Pittsburgh
on the sidelines of G-20 Summit later this week.
Obama, a great admirer of the Prime Minister, is expected
to informally meet with Manmohan Singh during the two-day
summit on September 24 and 25, authoritative administrative
sources told a news agency.
Singh is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh on September
24, hours before the summit meeting officially tales off and
his entourage is scheduled to leave immediately after the
summit concludes on the next day.
Obama, who today left Washington for New York, would
spent rest part of the week at the United Nations headquarters
in New York to attend a series of meetings including the
UN-sponsored Summit on Climate Change, besides holding a
series of bilateral meetings -- prominent among them being his
meetings with the leaders of China and Japan.
On September 24, Obama would also chair Security Council
Summit meeting on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
Soon thereafter he would leave New York for Pittsburgh,
wherein he would host the dinner reception for the leaders of
the top 20 economies of the world.
A formal bilateral meeting amid the hectic schedule of
the two leaders would have been more of a photo op rather than
yielding anything substantial. Moreover, Obama has invited
Manmohan Singh on his first State visit of his presidency,
signifying the importance he attaches to the Indo-US
relationship, the sources said.
Informed sources said at G-20, the world leaders would
expect from Manmohan Singh, himself a leading world economist
and who have successfully steered India out of the current
global downturn, to show the way in overcoming the financial
crisis and guide in laying foundation of a strong global
economy and a system wherein such crisis could be avoided.