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Obama's reps to meet foreign leaders

President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMichelle Obama shares Father's Day tribute: 'Our daughters couldn't have asked for a better role model' Biden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE's representatives to this weekend's global financial summit will meet with delegations from many of the countries, including some heads of state.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) are scheduled to meet with representatives from more than 15 countries while they are in Washington. President Bush is hosting the summit.
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Countries like Russia, Germany, China, Italy, Japan, France and the United Kingdom have elected to send high-ranking officials to meet with Albright and Leach.

Among those meeting with Obama's team are Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Argentinian President Fernandez de Kirchner and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

"The president-elect and vice president-elect will receive a briefing from Congressman Leach and Secretary Albright following the meetings," the Obama transition team said in a statement.

The White House said Friday that it was not coordinating the "unofficial" meetings between Obama's team and foreign delegations, but officials are staying in close touch with Obama's transition officials.

The G-20 summit kicks off Friday night with a working dinner hosted by Bush.