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Dr Singh hugs Zardari

September 25, 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met several world leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

He called on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in the Millennium Plaza Hotel in New York.

The Pakistan President was quite in awe of Dr Singh and that was visible in his body language. While welcoming Dr Singh, he said, "I admire you as the father of economic reforms of India."

In a charming manner, he asked Dr Singh, "Can I hug you?"

And he gave a warm hug to the PM. Some photographers, who missed the photo-op due to the PM's frail body, wanted Zardari to hug Dr Singh again. Zardari rejected the idea saying, "He will be offended."

Photograph: Paresh Gandhi

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