Amid bonhomie, Obama and Manmohan meet

Bali : US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met here Friday, with an Indian leader saying there were “no irritants” in bilateral relations.

The two leaders shook hands warmly on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits, both voicing confidence in the future of Indo-US relations.

Both countries are one not just at the leadership level but at the personal level too, Obama said in an opening remark.

He said he considered his meeting with Manmohan Singh Friday “an outstanding opportunity” to discuss their ties.

Manmohan Singh told Obama : “It is always a great pleasure to meet you.”

Recalling Obama’s visit to India last year, the prime minister said: “There has been progress in every direction. There are no irritants whatsoever.”

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