President Obama will head to Europe on Sunday for a six-day, four-country tour that includes a stop at the G-8 summit in France.
Administration officials said Friday that Obama would spend a day in Ireland, then head to Britain for two days. He is expected to meet privately with Prime Minister David Cameron and give a speech to Parliament on the U.S. relationship with Europe.
Then he heads to France for the G-8 in Deauville. Obama will attend sessions there with the other seven G-8 leaders and hold private meetings with Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and French president Nicolas Sarkozy. He will finish the trip in Poland, meeting with a group of central European leaders.
While much of the trip is likely to focus on serious issues, from the Middle East to the European debt crisis, Obama’s visit to Ireland will included a more light-hearted stop in Moneygall, where Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather grew up.
It will be Obama’s eighth visit to Europe as president.