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Obama invites Netherlands to G20 meeting

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 07:52 IST

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President Barack Obama has invited Netherlands to participate in the forthcoming G-20 summit to be held in the US.

The meet is to take place at Pittsburg in Pennsylvania on September 24-25. The invitation was personally extended by Obama to the visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, when the two leaders met at the White House yesterday. The invitation was readily accepted by Balkenende.

"I extended my personal invitation to the Prime Minister to participate in the next G20 summit in Pittsburgh, because we think that the Netherlands not only is one of the world's largest economies and most active internationally, but the Prime Minister has very specific expertise and experience in working with a whole range of world leaders and I think his contribution will be greatly appreciated," Obama told reporters later.

Besides the current global economic condition and the G-20 Summit, Obama and Balkenende discussed the current situation in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and climate change.

"We discussed the issue of Guantanamo and the importance of European countries working with us to assist in that process. And we're grateful for the encouragement that we've received there," Obama said.