Manmohan, Obama discuss maiden strategic dialogue

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday spoke with US President Barack Obama and discussed the maiden strategic dialogue between India and the US in Washington next week, and told Obama that a warm welcome awaits him when he visits New Delhi.

‘Both sides attach great priority to the dialogue as a means to strengthen bilateral engagement on a wide range of issues,’ said the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement.

The inaugural ministerial-level strategic dialogue between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton June 2-3 will cover a wide gamut of areas, including high technology trade, science & technology, civil nuclear cooperation, agriculture, human resource development, security and other strategic issues.

‘The two leaders took the opportunity to discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest,’ the PMO said.

Obama, on his part, conveyed condolences on the loss of lives resulting from the air crash in Mangalore last week.

Manmohan Singh told Obama that a warm welcome awaited the president and his family when they visit India. Obama’s maiden visit to India is likely to take place in November this year.