Obama wanted to talk, says PM (Lead)

November 11th, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

On Board Air India One, Nov 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said US president-elect Barak Obama wanted to speak to him after his electoral win but could not because of his (the Indian leader’s) visit to the Gulf.Asked by a reporter why Obama telephoned other world leaders but not him, Manmohan Singh clarified late Monday that this was not true.

“President Obama wanted to talk to me day before yesterday, we could not establish the contact because the time that was suggested was too short for me to interact,” Manmohan Singh told reporters as he flew home after visiting Qatar and Oman.

“Since then I have been travelling for the last two days,” he said, adding he would talk to Obama after returning to New Delhi.

Manmohan Singh said he had “a very warm letter” from Obama even before he was elected the president.

“I had myself written to him a very warm letter and I got from him a warm and detailed (letter), spelling out his approach to India, his approach to international affairs.

“Therefore, I have every reason to believe that India’s relations with the US under President Obama will become stronger than ever before.

“I also condoled his grandmother’s death and he immediately acknowledged that letter.”

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