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Bush day bonhomie is not on wane under Obama: PM

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 10:54 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday tried to put at rest what many analysts and reports say that bonhomie that existed during George Bush presidency is on the wane under President Barack Obama.

Singh also asserted that there shouldn't be any premature conclusions on matters relating to statecraft that are against facts on the ground.

"I have a very good relationship with President Obama. So there should be no confusion on that point" Singh told reporters at the end of his four-day visit to Washington. He was answering to a question whether he agrees with the broad sentiments that he shared a better relationship with President Bush than Obama.

Prime Minister also refuted doubts that that the personal rapport between him and Obama is not being seen in the working of two administrations.

"In matters relating to statecraft I think one should not jump prematurely into conclusions which are not warranted by facts on the ground", Singh said.

Prime Minister said that India-US relationship is multi-faceted, and not a "single track operation". "The United States is a super power. It's a very important player in global affairs. We look forward to working with the United States to find practical, pragmatic solutions to the problems which the world faces", Singh said when asked for his comments on the perception that the India-US relationship is in a drift.

To another question on the Pakistan demand for a civil nuclear deal with the US nuclear deal, Singh refrained from making any comments.

"Who am I to interfere with what goes on between the United States and Pakistan. That's a matter for these two countries to decide", Singh said.

Prime Minister hoped that the concerns he raised with Obama regarding cross- border terrorism from Pakistan would "weigh considerably" in US administration. "I am not an astrologer. I cannot predict what will be final shape of things to come.

Manomohan Singh said that he conveyed to President Obama that Delhi doesn't think that sanctions really achieve their objective, and made it clear that that India do not favour Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions.

"I said to the president that we do not favour Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions. I also said to him that as a signatory of NPT, Iran is entitled to all the rights of members who have signed the treaty regarding to the peaceful use of atomic energy. I said to him (Obama) we don't think that sanctions really achieve their objective. Very often in the affected country suffer more", Singh said.