January 28, 2009 / 7:06 PM / 8 years ago

Obama to visit Canada on February 19: White House

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<p>U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak about the economy from the East Room of the White House in Washington January 28, 2009.Kevin Lamarque</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Canada for talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 19, fulfilling a pledge to make the United States' northern neighbor his first trip abroad as president, the White House said on Wednesday.

"The president intends to make his first foreign trip as president to Canada," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "He will make that trip on February 19."

"Canada is a vitally important ally," he added. "The president forward to the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Harper and visit our neighbor to the north."

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