US President Barack Obama will meet his fellow Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who along with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the rights of all children to education,” the White House tonight said.
Satyarthi and Yousafzai were on December 10 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights. Obama received the prize in 2009.
Satyarthi’s non-government organisation, the ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’, claims to have rescued over 83,000 children from bonded labour and slavery since its inception in 1980.
After meeting Satyarthi, Obama will address a gathering at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The First Lady will also attend the event, said the White House.
After his speech at Siri Fort, Obama and the First Lady would leave for Saudi Arabia where he would meet the new Saudi king and personally express his condolences over the death of King Abdullah Abdullah.
Obama has cancelled his pre-scheduled visit to Agra.