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PM likely to meet Obama in London next month

PM Manmohan Singh is expected to have his first meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in London next month as the two countries move rapidly to take their relationship to a "new level".

world Updated: Mar 12, 2009 11:34 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to have his first meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in London next month as the two countries move rapidly to take their relationship to a "new level".

New Delhi and Washington are also discussing the likelihood of a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to India "in the near future", Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said in Washington.

"I hope that both (Obama and Singh) would be meeting. We are looking forward to that. It's an important conversation," he told reporters, wrapping up his four-day visit to the US.

Singh, who underwent a coronary by-pass surgery on January 24 and has since been recovering fast, will travel to London for the G-20 Summit on the global economic crisis on April 2 and discuss ways to meet the challenge.

"I think, we both (India and the US) are satisfied that we have achieved so much in this relationship. But we both want to do much more. That's why are taking it to a new level," Menon, who held talks with Clinton and senior state department officials on various issues during his visit, said.