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President Obama to Make Lengthy European Tour

VOA, March 29, 2008

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday on his first visit to Europe as president.

He will travel first to London for a summit of the G-20 industrialized and developing nations, which will focus on the global economic crisis.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Saturday that the president and the United States are going to listen in London, as well as lead.

Mr. Obama also has plans to meet on the sidelines of the summit with a host of world leaders, including the British and Indian prime ministers, the presidents of China and Russia, and the king of Saudi Arabia.

Later in the week, Mr. Obama will meet in France with President Nicolas Sarkozy and in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also participate in a NATO working group.

After the NATO meetings, President Obama travels to Prague where he will attend an EU summit.  Mr. Obama is also scheduled to hold talks with Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus and former Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, as well as former Czech President Vaclav Havel.

The U.S. president also plans a stop in Ankara, Turkey, for meetings with President Abdullah Gul.  He will also hold a round table with students in an effort to reach out to young people in Europe and Southwest Asia.

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