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CHICAGO - The world is waiting for Barack Obama, and some of its most prominent leaders are flying into the United States this weekend clamouring to meet him. But they will have to keep on waiting.
The leaders of 19 foreign powers, including Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, converge on Washington tomorrow for an emergency economic summit meeting hosted by President George W Bush.
Though invited, Obama has opted to stay in Chicago and will not meet any of the leaders separately.
Coming so soon after last week's election, the meeting has proved an uncomfortable moment for the president-elect and an early test of his handling of international diplomacy.
Even as aides are closing his campaign headquarters and beginning to assemble a governing team, they are fending off interest from foreign governments eager to take the measure of Obama and trying to avoid tying him to the Bush administration.
Several Obama advisers all used the word "awkward" to describe the situation. But Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to Obama, said: "While some might say it's awkward that he's not there, it would be far more problematic to be there. We firmly believe there is only one president at a time."
The situation has already fostered misunderstandings. A Kremlin official told reporters in Moscow that President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia would probably meet with Obama during his trip to the US this weekend, though the Obama camp has ruled that out.
The potential for even more significant misunderstanding was underscored last weekend when a quick, seemingly perfunctory phone call by Obama returning the congratulatory call of Poland's president led to a dispute about what was said about missile defence.
If confusion over such a delicate issue could arise from a roughly five-minute phone call, Obama advisers reasoned, the prospect of longer encounters in person with foreign leaders at this point would be fraught with peril.
He has not even designated a secretary of state, treasury secretary or national security adviser.
Instead, the Obama team is scrambling to arrange for surrogates to meet with visiting foreign officials while emphasising that Bush remains the nation's leader until Jan. 20.
The White House expressed no disappointment and vowed to work closely with the president-elect. - NY Times