New meeting set with Obama

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Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will take time away from his re-election campaign to join other Nordic premiers at a meeting with US President Barack Obama, just days before Norwegian voters head to the polls.

Stoltenberg said he looked forward to meet Obama again and discuss “important issues like the economy, foreign policy, climate and energy.”

The meeting in Stockholm, to be hosted by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, was called after Obama extended a planned visit to Stockholm following cancellation of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama, unhappy that Putin’s government granted asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden, reportedly preferred to meet with Nordic leaders instead of Putin.

The Nordic prime ministers will meet Obama over a “working dinner” on September 4. staff