Manmohan Singh’s in great health: Gordon Brown

March 25th, 2009 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh London, March 25 (IANS) British Premier Gordon Brown has called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the runup to the G20 summit in London, and reported back that the Indian leader has made a speedy recovery after his heart operation.
“I had a very good conversation with Prime Minister Singh. I wanted to ensure myself that he had our best wishes that he has recovered from his heart by-pass operation and he seems to be in very good health now and it was very good to be able to talk to him,” Brown told reporters at a briefing in his office Monday.

“He is a very old friend of mine and I enjoy our conversations,” he said.

Asked if he spoke about terrorism in the aftermath of the Mumbai bombings, Brown replied: “We did talk about terrorism and about the problem that India has faced as a result of the Mumbai bombings.

“We have offered whatever help we can to track down those who are responsible and we will help the Indian government in their efforts to combat terrorism. So we will continue to work together with India on these issues.”

Manmohan Singh is set to join other world leaders at the G20 summit in London April 2, a gathering that is expected to come up with an action plan to combat the global economic and financial crisis.

Brown, who is now on a tour of Europe, the US and South America ahead of the summit, said he was “determined to consult as widely as possible.

“We had a seminar meeting with African leaders only a few days ago. I have met all of the European Union members of the Council a few days ago. We have had extensive talks with Premier Wen of China, I have been talking to Prime Minister Singh of India, we are in touch with Japan and with all the members from the Asian countries and I think it is very important that I am in a position also to hear what is said by the Latin American countries that are coming to the summit.

“So this is a test of the world’s ability to work together and it is a test I believe we can pass, but it is a challenge because we are in the most challenging of financial circumstances,” he added.

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