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Updated: April 7, 2010 16:29 IST

Obama to meet Manmohan, Gilani on N-summit sidelines

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In this file photo Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama will meet Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
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In this file photo Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama will meet Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet here next week on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, during which the two leaders will discuss the civil nuclear deal and other regional issues.

Mr. Obama will also meet Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the summit.

This would be the first meeting between Mr. Obama and Mr. Singh after the November 24, 2009 White House State Dinner in Washington.

However, diplomatic sources ruled out any bilateral meeting between Mr. Singh and Mr. Gilani on the sidelines of the summit, which would be attended by leaders from more than 40 countries.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said besides a host of bilateral and regional issues, the civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries is expected to figure between Mr. Obama and Mr. Singh when they meet in Washington next week.

“As part of the Nuclear Security Summit, the (U.S.) President is currently planning to host a number of bilateral meetings.

“Those include President Sargsian of Armenia, President Hu Jintao of China, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Singh, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, Prime Minister of Pakistan, President Zuma of South Africa and President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan,” Mr. Gibbs told reporters.

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