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Obama and PM hold talks; delegations to join in later

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama today began talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a wide range of bilateral and other issues.

After a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Obama drove to the Hyderabad House from Rajghat to begin restricted talks with the Prime Minister which would be followed by delegation-level talks.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao were present with the Prime Minister at the restricted meeting with Obama.

Later, other senior ministers including Sharad Pawar, A K Antony and other officials are expected to join the delegation-level talks.

The two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement covering a number of issues ranging from security, trade and economy, including cooperation in international fora like G-20.

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