India Big Part of My Plans: Obama Tells Manmohan
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"India is a big part of my plans," US President Barack Obama said today as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated him in person on his re-election.

Singh, who came face-to-face with Obama on three occasions here for the first time after he was re-elected President in the November 6 polls in the US, told him: "Congratulations on your re-election."

The two leaders, who attended the East Asia Summit and the retreat in the Cambodian capital, shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

51-year-old Democrat Obama had defeated his Republican rival Mitt Romney in the Presidential polls to secure a second four-year term.

After Obama's re-election, Singh had said he looked forward to continuing their "friendship" and "rewarding association" as much more can be done together to further strengthen the bilateral partnership.

In his congratulatory message to Obama, Singh had referred to the association between the two leaders over the past four years and recalled that cooperation between the two countries had not only been advanced across the full spectrum of ties but engagement had been deepened.

"Dear Mr President, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you my warmest congratulations on your re-election as the President of the United States," Singh's letter had said.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon held a 90-minute meeting with his US counterpart Tom Donilon here and discussed bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest.

Sources said it was a very fruitful interaction on several issues of mutual interest.

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Nov 22, 2012
01:08 PM

Let us know your plans first before you make us a part of your plans.

Anwaar, Dallas
Nov 22, 2012
09:44 AM

Obamaji ... you are great Sirji. You know our brittle/fragile egos need constant stroking and boy do you do that well.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
Nov 22, 2012
09:42 AM

Kel .... for once not towing the Congress line .... you do surprise once in a while. BTW, except for the aam-palestinian-admi probably none of the other actors/powers in this play are interested in a solution. My guess is the aam-palestinian-admi like the rest of us just wants an environment to live, raise a family and hope that their children do better than they did. For most of others the "cauldron bubbling" - mostly simmering and once in a while boiling over is probably the desired thing.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
Nov 21, 2012
04:16 AM

The president should concentrate on his contry,India is capable to look after its affairs,if US is fair with India! 

harish naik, bangalore
Nov 21, 2012
03:04 AM

It takes 2 to clap!  Palestinians are not interested in the solution of the problem.  This problem will not be solved in my lifetime as well as in your life time!

Kel Shorey, Glasgow
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