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Obama huddles with world leaders

By Juliet Eilperin and Anthony Faiola
COPENHAGEN -- Delegates from 193 countries are gathered in the plenary hall here for the morning session of the final day of the global climate-change conference. But the start time was delayed as President Obama huddled for an emergency meeting with world leaders in an uphill attempt to cobble together a last-minute deal.

According to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, the officials Obama met with are:

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Danish Prime Minister Lars L. Rasmussen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

South African President Jacob Zuma

Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe

Obama had originally planned to meet with the Danish prime minister before speaking at the morning plenary session, then sit down for one-on-one sessions with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and da Silva, of Brazil, before participating in the afternoon plenary session.His late-afternoon schedule included a meeting with Medvedev. The White House said his departure time for Washington is "to be determined"--presumably because the president could extend his stay if necessary to seal a deal.

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  December 18, 2009; 5:52 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg     Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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