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George Clooney meets President Obama, talks Sudan crisis

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney met US President Barack Obama to discuss the situation in the war torn African nation of Sudan

world Updated: Oct 14, 2010 12:54 IST

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney met US President Barack Obama to discuss the situation in the war torn African nation of Sudan.

The Oscar winning actor and director had recently toured the country and visited the Oval Office on Tuesday to talk about the renewed threat of violence in Sudan, reported CNN online.

A critical election is due in Africa's largest nation next year and Clooney is calling for international pressure to prevent violence ahead of the January 9 mandate.

"At one of the most politicised times ever, this is something that everyone agrees on. If there's some way to get ahead of this and stop it before it happens, we better," Clooney told reporters after the meeting.

The 49-year-old actor was joined by activist John Prendergast for the presidential meeting and Clooney said that Obama is well-informed on the situation and had every intention of keeping the peace.

Clooney had earlier appeared on The Today Show publicising his African trip and showing footage of his experience there.

Clooney has campaigned for peace in Sudan for many years and first visited the country with his father, veteran journalist Nick Clooney.

"We stopped the earlier civil war in 2005 with diplomacy. We didn't stop it with soldiers. So, yes, if we get involved now, we have a shot," he said on the show.