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Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin meets PM

world Updated: Sep 25, 2008 10:03 IST

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Republican Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York.

No details of the meeting, which lasted for half an hour, were released but Palin had been discussing international issues with world leaders who are in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Originally, Republican Presidential candidate McCain was slated to accompany her but sources said he was held up in Washington where the Bush administration is trying to get a package to re-energise flagging markets through the Congress.

Earlier, Palin met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as also leaders from Georgia, Ukraine and Iraq.

She began meeting world leaders on Tuesday and was warmly received. In reply to a question, she said these meetings are very informative.

Receiving Palin, Pakistani President remarked, "You are looking so gorgeous. Now I know why the whole America crazy about it."

The conservation was caught on the tape and telecast. "You are so nice," Palin said.

An aide of Zardari then told them to keep shaking hands for the cameras. "I'm supposed to pose again," Palin said

"If he's insisting, I might hug," Zardari replied. Then Palin smiled politely in response.