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Updated: October 25, 2009 01:38 IST

India, Manmohan part of family for Obama

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Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for photographs during a reception hosted by the latter at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh September 25, 2009.
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Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for photographs during a reception hosted by the latter at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh September 25, 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that he is eagerly waiting to host Manmohan Singh for the first state visit next month and that he considers India and the Prime Minister as “part of his family”.

As White House gears up to host Mr. Singh on November 24, Mr. Obama told Indian-American leader Sant Chatwal that he considers India and the Prime Minister “as part of his family”.

Much admired

“This is the reason why I decided to invite Manmohan Singh, who I admire a lot, on the first state visit of my presidency on the Thanks Giving Day,” Mr. Obama was quoted as saying by Mr. Chatwal, who met the President along with Senator Christopher Dodd, Democratic co-chairman of Senate India Caucus.

“He told me that he considers India and Singh as part of his family. This is something, which we are very proud to hear from him,” Mr. Chatwal told PTI.

“The President is eagerly looking forward to hosting the Prime Minister at the White House. He told me that he is looking forward to building a great relationship with India. He told me that this is not just the first state dinner, it is a family dinner,” he said.

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