Merkel Only EU Leader Announced to Have Bilateral Meeting with Obama

From Laura Rozen, Politico: Next week, some 47 world leaders descend on Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit. So who gets a bilateral meeting with host Barack Obama?

So far, nine world leaders.

Obama currently plans to meet one-on-one with President Sargsian of Armenia; President Hu Jintao of China; Chancellor Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Singh of India; King Abdullah II of Jordan; Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia; Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan; President Zuma of South Africa; and President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Sources said that Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili among others is also seeking an Obama bilateral meeting, but as of Tuesday, he got a phone call from Obama.  (photo: UPI)

NATOSource:  Notable exclusions from the announced list of bilateral meetings with President Obama include:  Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Prime Minister of Spain and current Chair of the European Union), Nicolas Sarkozy (President of France), Silvio Berlusconi (Prime Minister of Italy), Dmitry Medvedev (President of Russia), David Miliband (Foreign Secretary of the U.K.), and Herman Van Rompuy (President of the European Council). 

From Josh Rogin at the Cable:  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev doesn’t need a bilateral, because he will have lots of time to hang out with Obama Thursday in Prague when they meet there to sign the new START agreement. Obama just met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week. And British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is skipping the summit to gear up his campaign ahead of the May elections he announced this morning.

From Nile Gardiner at the TelegraphHas Gordon Brown snubbed Barack Obama over the nuclear summit?

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