January 10, 2009 / 9:43 PM / in 9 years

Obama coming to Canada for first official foreign trip

TORONTO (Reuters) - Barack Obama will visit Canada in his first international trip as U.S. president, the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Saturday.

<p>U.S. President-elect Barack Obama (2nd L) places an order for lunch with Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty at Ben's Chili Bowl Restaurant in Washington, January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>

“We have been in close contact with President-elect Obama’s transition team. We can confirm that the President-elect has accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation to visit Canada soon after he is inaugurated,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

No date for the trip was provided, but the statement said it would be Obama’s first foreign trip as president. Obama takes office on January 20.

An aide for Obama’s transition team confirmed the trip but did not offer details.

Most U.S. presidents have paid their first international visits to Canada, America’s northern neighbor and largest trading partner, although President George W. Bush made his first trip in office to Mexico.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday in Washington.

Writing by Alden Bentley; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Debbie Charles in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney

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