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Bush to meet Manmohan Singh at G-8 summit in Japan

world Updated: Jul 06, 2008 09:18 IST

US President George W Bush is looking forward to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 9 on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in Hokkaido in Japan where the two leaders are expected to discuss the nuclear deal and other issues of mutual interest.

According to the White House, Bush will be meeting Manmohan Singh on Wednesday at 7:40 am local time, Japan. The leaders will again meet some fifty minutes later as part of a "working breakfast" that Bush will have with Representatives of the Outreach Group that includes India.

The progress in the nuclear deal is expected to dominate the talks as Manmohan Singh is trying to sort out domestic political problems over the agreement.

"The President looks forward to good discussions, not only with leaders of the G8 but also with those of so-called outreach group including India, China, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, South Korea and Indonesia, besides the seven African nations," Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs at the White House, Dan Price, told reporters on way to Chitose, Japan.

"It is a very, very full agenda. There are issues of development and disease, poverty alleviation, issues related to the global economy, protectionism, the Doha Round, investment liberalisation, oil prices," Price added.

"There are issues relating to food security and food prices. There are issues relating to climate change. There's a series of political and security issues relating to counter terrorism and nonproliferation, as well as regional challenges with respect to Zimbabwe, North Korea, Burma, Sudan, Middle East, Iran, and a host of other issues facing these leaders," Price said.