G20, G8 summits top Obama-Sarkozy agenda

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This year's G8 and G20 summits in France will top the agenda of talks next week between US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said Tuesday.

Officials formally announced the French president would be in town on January 10, after the Elysee Palace and US officials had previously signaled the visit and the date late last year.

"As France assumes the presidency of the G8 and the G20 for 2011, the president looks forward to working with President Sarkozy to sustain the global economic recovery and create jobs," a White House statement said.

"The two presidents will also discuss a broad range of current foreign policy and security issues."

France currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20 forum of the world's 20 largest economies, and also this year chairs the G8, comprised of six major Western powers, Russia and Japan.

He and Sarkozy last met at a November NATO summit in Lisbon, but January's get-together will be their first since WikiLeaks published several classified US diplomatic cables, including some that portrayed Sarkozy as "viscerally" pro-American but also as a touchy, erratic partner with a complex private life.

© 2011 AFP

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