Obama's European itinerary unveiled

June 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's schedule next week will include the G8 summit in Northern Ireland and a trip to Germany, his deputy press secretary said.

Josh Earnest, White House principal deputy press secretary, outlined the president's itinerary to reporters Friday in a briefing that included Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, and Caroline Atkinson, special assistant to the president for international economic affairs.

Rhodes said Obama will arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday morning, and speak at the convention center, He will then travel to Lough Erne, site of the G8 summit, an annual meeting of leaders of eight industrialized countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United Sates -- with the president of the European Union a permanent invitee. Invitations are sometimes offered other world leaders.

Obama has also scheduled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to include the Syrian conflict, Rhodes said, adding Obama will travel to Berlin on Tuesday evening to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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