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Obama calls Manmohan Singh ‘good friend’

Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama effusively praised each other during their meeting in Toronto.

Written by Agencies | Tornoto | Published: June 28, 2010 1:58:49 pm

Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama effusively praised each other during their meeting here with the US President saying the Indian Prime Minister’s extraordinary leadership has “helped us navigate through some very difficult times”.

Meeting for the second time in two months,Obama told Singh that he was “very much” looking forward to his visit to India in November this year.

The 48-year-old American President called the 77-year-old economist-Prime Minister a “good friend” and said he continues to believe that the “extraordinary leadership that Prime Minister Singh has provided not just to India,but to the world,has helped us navigate through some very difficult times.”

“Prime Minister,thank you so much for your friendship,and we look forward to working with you in the months to come,leading up to the (India) visit,so that we know that we’re going to have a very productive stay when we’re in India,” he said.

On his part,Singh told Obama that he was a role model to millions and millions of people all over the world.

“Your life history is a history which inspires millions of people everywhere where there are people who have

risen by the sheer depth of their austerity,of their hard work,and their commitment to the values on which you have

worked and you’ve stood for,” he said.

Singh said it has been his privilege to enjoy his “friendship” with Obama,which he will cherish forever.

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