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Obama to Visit Europe At End Of March

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President Obama will travel to Europe on March 31st for a six-day trip that will take him to Britain, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Thursday.

Clinton announced the trip, Mr. Obama's first to Europe as president, following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the Associated Press reports.

She said the president will attend the G-20 summit in Britain, a NATO meeting in France and Germany, and a U.S.-E.U. summit in Prague.

The president's first foreign trip was to Canada, where he met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He met this week in Washington with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

UPDATE: The White House has released a statement about the trip.

"President and Mrs. Obama will visit the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic March 31-April 5, 2009. In the United Kingdom, the President will continue discussions on important bilateral and global issues with British leaders and work with other G-20 Leaders to address the global financial crisis at the London Summit. On April 3, the President will participate in bilateral programs with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The President then looks forward to participating in NATO Summit events in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, April 3-4, where leaders will celebrate 60 years of providing peace and security culminating in a unified Europe, discuss challenges and strategies for success of NATO's mission in Afghanistan and other issues, and commit to preparing NATO to combat the new threats of the 21st century. The President will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, April 4-5 to meet with Czech officials and with leaders of European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission president to build a stronger partnership between the United States and the EU, one which will enable us to better confront our shared challenges together."

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