Highlights of Obama's schedule in Europe

May 21, 2011 - 9:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of President Barack Obama's schedule during his trip to Europe. He departs Washington late Sunday:

Monday:

Obama arrives in Ireland for meetings with the Irish president and prime minister. He visits the village of Moneygall, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather. Obama speaks at an evening rally at Dublin's College Green about the ties between the U.S. and Ireland.

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Tuesday:

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive Tuesday in London for a state visit. The Obamas has lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, the president lays a wreath at Westminster Abbey and in the evening the Obamas attend a banquet hosted by the queen at Buckingham Palace.

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Wednesday:

Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and holds a news conference. Obama delivers a major speech to Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.

Mrs. Obama brings girls from the North London's Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School on a visit the University of Oxford to promote the importance of education. She visited the North London school in 2009.

The Obamas host a dinner for the queen at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Britain.

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Thursday

Obama attends the Group of Eight summit meeting in Deauville, France. Leaders focus on how the world's top economies can help countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are going through democratic transitions, most notably Tunisia and Egypt.

Obama meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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Friday

Obama attends closing sessions of the G-8 summit and holds meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan before traveling to Warsaw, Poland.

Obama has dinner with leaders of several Central and Eastern European countries.

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Saturday

Obama meets with Poland's president, Bronislaw Komorowski, and has lunch with the prime minister, Donald Tusk, followed by a news conference with Tusk. Obama also visits some cultural sites before returning to Washington.