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Thursday
May262011

President Obama Heads to France for G8 Summit

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(DEAUVILLE, France) -- After spending two days in London, President Obama will continue his European trip Thursday in Deauville, France, where he will attend the G8 summit.

Before the summit, Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Medvedev at the Hotel Royal Barriere in Deauville.

"One of the core foreign policy objectives when we came into office was the Russia reset," Deputy National Security Advisors for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes said. "It has been one of the most productive relationships for the United States in terms of the signing and ratification of the new START treaty, cooperation on nuclear security, cooperation with regard to Iran sanctions and nonproliferation generally, the Northern Distribution Network into Afghanistan that supports our effort there, and our discussions with Russia about expanding trade ties and their interest in joining the WTO, as well as Russia's increased cooperation with NATO that was manifested by the NATO-Russia meetings in Lisbon."

Afterward, President Obama will be officially welcomed by French President Sarkozy, the host of the summit in his country.  The leaders will then attend G8 working sessions in the afternoon.

In the G8 meetings there will be a discussion of the situation in Japan, "expressing solidarity with the people of Japan, and a discussion of nuclear safety, nuclear power safety more generally," Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs said.

There will be a discussion of the global economy and "the situation of the global recovery and risks to that global recovery, as well a dialogue around trade and climate change and advancing those agendas."

Obama will then hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kan at the Hotel Royal Barriere where they will discuss Japan's post-earthquake recovery.

Obama will wrap up his day attending a dinner with G8 leaders at Le Ciro's Barriere Restaurant.  He will spend the night in Deauville.

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Monday
May232011

President Obama Kicks off European Trip in Ireland

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- After an overnight flight, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama touched down in Dublin, Ireland Monday morning on the first day of their week-long, four-country European trip.

After landing under cloudy skies and a light rain, Obama commented that the "sun is coming out" as he and his wife arrived at the president's residence in Dublin to sign the guest book.  Once there, the president and first lady met with Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr. Martin McAleese and participated in a tree planting ceremony with President McAleese.

During Monday's visit to Ireland, President Obama is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Farmleigh.  He will also travel with the first lady to Moneygall to meet with distant relatives and tour the town where his great, great, great grandfather was born.

"This is a homecoming of sorts for President Obama.  He's very excited to see this small town in Ireland from which he has roots," Deputy National Security Advisors for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes said previewing the visit.

Obama will wrap up his day delivering remarks at an Irish Celebration at College Green in Dublin.

"I think it's a chance to talk about the relationship between our two countries," Rhodes said previewing the speech.  "It's also a chance to talk about the enormous affinity, frankly, that the American people have for Ireland that's rooted, in part, in the huge population of Irish-Americans here.  And it's a chance for the president to really celebrate the ties between our countries and the kind of unique feelings the American people have for Ireland and hopefully that the Irish people, you know, have had with the United States for many years."

The president and first lady will spend the night in Dublin.

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