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Sarkozy, Ban Ki-moon to attend Commonwealth meet

By Paras Ramoutar, IANS,

Port-of-Spain : French President Nicholas Sarkozy and UN chief Ban Ki-moon will be attending the Commonwealth of Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Trinidad and Tobago capital Nov 27-29 as special guests, Prime Minister Patrick Manning said. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen will also attend.

“Commonwealth leaders will hold discussions, among other things, on the critical matter of climate change as we approach the UN meeting next month in Copenhagen, Denmark,” Manning said in a national broadcast.

Queen Elizabeth II, titular head of the Commonwealth of Nations, will open the meet Nov 27.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be leading a delegation to this 1.3 million strong nation whose Indian diaspora comprise 44 percent of the population.

Manmohan Singh will be joined by 51 other leaders at CHOGM.