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I am non-native English speaker. Friend of mine said me "You need to be here".

Does it mean he wanted me to be there or he was trying to say that I need to be there?

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This question is impossible to answer as written. We would have to read your mind and your friend's to know what you and he imply by "need to be there". –  MετάEd Feb 15 '12 at 20:36
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It could really be either one. Google Book Search finds examples like this one:

You need to be here to help with this wedding.

(where the speaker means "I need you here to help with my wedding"), but also examples like this one:

But my own personal perspective is that you need to be here not because of what you can do, not because people here need you to be here. You need to be here because you need to be here.

If you can't tell from context, then you might have to ask. (But on the other hand — if he's your friend, it may be best simply to trust him, and be there!)

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