President Obama will tour Europe next week, making stops in Ireland, England, France and Poland. Here are some newly released highlights of his itinerary:
May 23: Obama arrives in Dublin for a meeting with President Mary McAleese. He will later travel to Moneygall, Ireland, home of his Irish ancestors. “So this is a homecoming of sorts for President Obama,” said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.“He’s very excited to see this small town in Ireland.”
May 24: Obama goes to Buckingham Palace for lunch with the Queen and a host of other events. He will make a stop by Westminster Abbey and later return to the palace for an evening soiree. Later in the day, Obama will drop in to see Prime Minister David Cameron and visit with opposition leader Ed Miliband.
Topics of discussion: “Afghanistan, our counterterrorism efforts, our ongoing efforts in Libya, our broader G-20 agenda and our nonproliferation activities, just to name a few,” Rhodes said.
May 25: The president will meet with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss the Arab Spring. “It will be an opportunity for the president to discuss some of the ideas he put forward in his speech [Thursday],” Rhodes said.
Later, Obama will address Parliament. “This will be the kind of anchor speech of this trip to Europe,” Rhodes said.
May 26: The president travels to Deauville, France, for the G-8 meetings. He will meet privately with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
May 27: Obama meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss international support for Egypt and Tunisia. He will later meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.