29 Nov 2012

US president invites rival to lunch

3:15 pm on 29 November 2012

United States president Barack Obama and the man he defeated on the hustings, Mitt Romney, are to have lunch together at the White House.

Officials confirmed the United States president has invited Mr Romney - the unsussccessful Republican Party candidate - to dine on Friday.

On election night, Mr Obama pledged to meet Mr Romney for talks on how to move America forward, and it will be just the two of them in a private dining-room.

Mr Romney has dropped out of sight since the election and analysts say he has little influence on congressional Republicans.