On board Air India One, July 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said talk of US President Barack Obama and his administration being not supportive towards India had “no basis”.
“I find President Obama very supportive (towards India). I spent considerable time Friday morning with him during the meeting (G8-G5 in L’Aquila-Italy),” Manmohan Singh said on board his special aircraft while returning to India after attending the summit.
“We exchanged notes on a large number off issues while sitting side by side at the meeting. I find President Obama very responsive,” the prime minister said “There is no basis for any apprehension that the Obama administration is not supportive towards us,” the prime minister added.
Though Manmohan Singh and Obama did not have any fornmal bilateral meeting in L’Aquila, they met during and at the sidelines of the G8-G5 meetings.One of the meetings was described as a “pull-aside” by Indian diplomats while another one was described by the prime minister as “side by side”.
Both leaders exchanged invitations for visits to each other’s countries. While Manmohan Singh will visit the US later this year, President Obama is expected to come to India next year.