World leaders converge in Washington for summit on nuclear security

08:23, April 13, 2010      

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Dozens of world leaders arrived in the U.S. capital Washington on Monday, preparing to attend a summit scheduled to begin later in the day, which is focused on preventing terrorists from getting a nuclear bomb.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva were among the leaders that arrived on Monday. Other leaders such as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Jacob Zuma had arrived over the weekend.

The leaders are here for the Nuclear Security Summit, to be hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, with the goal of reaching consensus on securing loose nuclear material in four years.

Before the meeting officially kicks off, Obama had bilateral meetings with Jordan's King Abdullah, during which the two discussed ways to advance comprehensive peace in the Middle East. Obama also met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. More bilateral meetings are expected in the afternoon.

The summit is expected to produce a joint communique which will iterate commitments of the 47 participating countries, and a work plan on specific steps to "lock down the loose material in a very specific time frame."



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