Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh invited United States President Barack Obama to visit India and the latter has graciously accepted to do so. The dates and itinerary will be finalized through diplomatic channels.
The invitation was made by Dr. Singh when he and Obama met during a brief pull-aside at the G-8+G-5 Summit L’Aquila, Italy on Thursday.
Obama, on his part, invited Dr. Singh for a bilateral visit to the US which was accepted by the Indian leader.
Addressing a news conference at the end of the summit, Obama said it would be “wrongheaded” to think that global challenges could be met in the absence of “major powers” like India.
Obama also endorsed Dr. Singh’s fresh calls for urgent U.N. reforms saying the global community would have to “update and refresh and renew” international institutions like the world body that were set up in a different time and place.