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'Keep Golden Temple on US President Obama's schedule'

world Updated: Oct 30, 2010 15:01 IST

The American Sikh community has asked the White House to keep the Golden Temple on the schedule of US President Barack Obama during his visit to India next month amid reports that he may not go there.

They also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impress upon the White House in this regard.

In a statement, Rajwant Singh, Chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and Education, welcomed the statement of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs that the India schedule of the US President has not been finalized yet.

"Look, it's a big country. We would love to spend a lot more than the three allotted days that we have in India. This trip will focus our business in the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi. But we pick where we're going to go on trips based on what we hope to accomplish," Gibbs had said.

"This is a welcome news and we certainly hope that this visit takes place as planned," said Singh, who was instrumental in getting Amritsar on the itinerary in the first place.

Earlier, Singh had delivered a letter from Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and Peter Rouse, senior close associates of Obama and the Chief of staff to the President, which clarified the headgear issue.

"We send advance people to many places in each country before we make decisions, in consultation with the host country, in this case the Indian government, about where to go," Gibbs had told reporters.