WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle will make their European debut later this month when they visit the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Czech Republic March 31 through April 5.
Obama's first foreign visit was a day visit to Ottawa a few weeks ago. Mrs. Obama has not traveled overseas with him. Obama's trip is in connection with the upcoming G-20 meeting and the NATO anniversary celebration.
From the White House......
Visit by President Obama to Europe
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.