India should cherish and nurture its large Muslim population: Obama

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 01, 2017, 09.52 AM(IST)

Obama, who arrived here on Thursday, is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Former US President Barack Obama on Friday said that India should cherish and nurture its large Muslim population that thinks of itself as Indian.

Addressing the HT Leadership Summit in Delhi, Obama said a counter-narrative was taking shape in Europe, US and sometimes in India where tribal impulses are asserting themselves. 

To a question whether Pakistani government was aware of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, Obama said ''We had no evidence that Pakistani government was aware of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan.'' 

The former U.S. president, on his first visit to India after demitting office in January, will interact with nearly 300 young leaders drawn from various parts of the country.

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Obama, who arrived here on Thursday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Modi shared a picture of both on Twitter and said ''It was a pleasure to meet, once again, former President Barack Obama, and learn about the new initiatives being taken forward under his leadership at the Obama Foundation.'' 

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