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Obama NSA coming to India ahead of crucial summit

world Updated: Oct 20, 2011 00:24 IST
Yashwant Raj

US President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon is reaching New Delhi this week, ahead of a crucial East Asia summit in November, which the US will be attending for the first time.

The East Asia Summit is going to be high on the agenda -- with routine strategic developments and how to advance key partnership goals -- as it views membership of this body as central to its growing role in the region.

"Probably the greatest opportunities in the years ahead will be found in the Asia Pacific region, which is why we have renewed America's leadership and preeminent role there," secretary of state Hillary Clinton said recently.She will be there in Bali for the summit with Obama.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be there from India. India and Japan had pushed the hardest for the US to be a member.

But Donilon is not going to New Delhi with a thank-you note. The US is planning a major first show at the summit. Obama will host the third US-Asean Leaders' meeting where he will advance a number of major new initiatives.