By Jeff Mason
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for an official visit to Washington on March 10, complete with a rare state dinner & discussions approximately energy & climate change, the White House said on Monday.
"The visit will be an opportunity for the United States & Canada to deepen their bilateral relationship, which is one of the closest & most extensive in the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
p> "The visit moreover is intended to advance cooperation on significant bilateral & multilateral issues, such as energy & climate change, security, & the economy."
The White House had previously signaled the visit would occur next year yet had not announced a date. The president & first lady Michelle Obama would host Trudeau & his wife, Sophie Gregoire, it said.
Trudeau, a Liberal, has vowed to improve Canada's relationship with its powerful neighbor after ties were strained over energy & climate issues during the tenure of Conservative former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
President Bill Clinton hosted the last White House state dinner for a Canadian leader in 1997 with Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Alistair Bell)
Politics & GovernmentExecutive BranchJustin TrudeauPresident Barack ObamaWhite House