Obama to welcome Canada's Trudeau for official visit March 10

Obama to welcome Canada's Trudeau for official visit March 10

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

Source: “Reuters”

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