Obama to meet with Pakistan PM

May 18, 2009 10:24:00 AM PDT
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is planning to meet with the prime minister of Pakistan amid sessions with economic officials dealing with the troubled US economy. [INTERACTIVE: Click here to learn more about the chronology in the Swat Valley]

Obama is in Washington for a series of private meetings on Tuesday. One is with Pakistan's new leader, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, according to Obama's campaign. President Bush met with Gilani on Monday at the White House and praised Gilani as a reliable partner in confronting extremism.

Obama also was to meet with Fed chief Ben Bernanke and to speak by phone to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

On Monday night, Obama told a group of high-dollar givers at a fundraising event that nothing is more urgent than fixing the U.S. economy.

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