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The day India shone

Speaking impromptu at the photo opportunity before talks with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Obama said very few countries had such strong affection and affinity as the US and India, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Apr 05, 2009 23:49 IST

It may or may not turn out to be as historic as both US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed at the conclusion of London G20 Summit, but for India it was memorable.

Speaking impromptu at the photo opportunity before talks with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Obama said very few countries had such strong affection and affinity as the US and India.

The US president added that he attached great importance to the relations between India and the US and that America recognise India as a global super power.

The Summit was equally momentous for Dr Singh, personally. He was the only leader, apart from Obama, who was invited to speak at the official dinner hosted by Brown at 10 Downing Street. This because, may be leaders wanted to hear his suggestions for economic recovery before start of the summit.

And it is noteworthy that his proposals, to tackle the downturn, “much deeper than we thought”, formed much of the basis of measures incorporated in the G20 communique.

No wonder, Obama was full of praise for Dr Singh: “Much of growth and rise of India can be attributed to Manmohan Singh. I hope by the time the Summit is over I can call him a friend”.