PM to visit US in September; to attend UNGA and meet Obama

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MANMOHANNew Delhi, July 23;Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to undertake a six-day visit to the US from September 20, during which he will have a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington besides attending the UN General Assembly in New York.

This emerged from a 75-minute meeting that Singh had here today with visiting US Vice President Joseph Biden, sources said.

Mr. Singh and Mr. Biden discussed a whole range of issues, including implementation of the landmark civil nuclear deal and ways to enhance commerce, the sources said.

The two leaders agreed to take these issues forward.

In this context, the Prime Minister told Mr. Biden that he looks forward to meeting Mr. Obama in September, the sources said.

Mr. Singh will be undertaking the visit to the US from September 20. He will first travel to New York to attend the UNGA and then visit Washington for a bilateral summit with Mr. Obama, the sources said.

This will be Mr. Singh’s second visit to Washington for a bilateral visit during Mr. Obama’s tenure. He had last travelled to the US capital on a bilateral visit in November 2009.

He had visited Washington again in April 2010 but it was to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

Mr. Obama paid the reciprocal bilateral visit to India in November 2010.

During the meeting with Mr. Biden, Mr. Singh conveyed his best wishes to Mr. Obama.

Mr. Singh and Mr. Biden also discussed regional and global issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. The US-led forces will be exiting Afghanistan next year and its fallout is a matter of concern for India.

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