January 28, 2009 / 7:06 PM / 9 years ago

Obama to visit Canada on February 19: White House

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.

<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. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>

“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.”

Editing by Eric Walsh

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