PM leaves for US, France on Monday, to discuss 'N' coop

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves here on Monday on a ten-day two-nation tour of the US and France with cooperation in civilian nuclear energy and strengthening of strategic partnership high on agenda.

Although Dr Manmohan Singh is primarily visiting the two countries to attend the UN General Assembly in New York on September 26 and the India-EU Summit at Marseille in France on September 29, he will also travel to Washington on a ''working visit'' for a meeting with US President George Bush on September 25 to ''carry forward'' on the progress on a wide range of initiatives taken between India and the US.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said in Washington, the Prime Minister and President Bush will review the progress on a wide range of initiatives taken between the two countries.

The Prime Minister, who will be in the US from September 23-27, will address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26.

He will also meet several world leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA including Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Details were being worked out for the Prime Minister's meetings with Mr Zardari and the Chinese Premier.

He will also attend a high-level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on September 25 morning before visiting Washington.

Besides, there will be a mini-CHOGM at which India will be represented at a high level.

This year's UNGA theme is food security and UN reforms, both of which are important for India.

India's priority is combating terrorism, poverty elimination, sustainable development and promoting UN reforms and nuclear disarmament.


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