Washington: As US President Barack Obama prepares to have his first meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in London on 2 April, the White House said the president wants to “advance and strengthen” bilateral ties with India.
The White House spokesman Robert Gibbs announced on Wednesday that Obama will be meeting Singh on 2 April in London on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
“The President looks forward to working with the prime minister to advance and strengthen the US-India bilateral relationship,” Benjamin Chang, deputy spokesman, National Security Council, White House, said.
“This will be the President’s first meeting with Prime Minister Singh and the two leaders will discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, including the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategic review, climate change, and the world economy,” Chang said.
Singh is one of the few world leaders with whom Obama would be meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.
The current situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is expected to figure prominently at the meeting of the two leaders. The new Afghan-Pak policy of the US is also expected to be out by that time.