Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is set to have his first one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama here on April 2 when they will discuss the volatile situation in Pakistan, days after the US leader vowed to root out the “cancer” of terrorism emanating from within the Pakistani borders.
Their meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit will be crucial, given the fact that the explosive situation in Pakistan is the most pressing foreign policy concern of the Obama Administration, according to sources.
Obama, unveiling his new Afghan-Pak policy on March 27, had made it clear that Pakistan must demonstrate commitment to root out al-Qaeda and other militant groups within its border.
He also vowed to work more resolutely to “disrupt, defeat and dismantle” extremists and their safe havens in the region and underlined that Pakistan needed the US help to wipe out the “cancer” of terrorism emanating from its soil.
After releasing the new strategy for the region, the Obama Administration said it had “actively consulted” India during the comprehensive review of the Afghan-Pak policy.
A host of other international, regional and bilateral issues are also likely to figure during the talks between Singh and Obama, the first highest level contact between India and the new US Administration which assumed office two months ago.