Obama’s first foreign visit to be Canada after inauguration

January 11th, 2009 - 7:29 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaOttawa, Jan 11 (Xinhua) Barack Obama will make Canada his first official visit to a foreign country after he becomes the US president, officials here said.”We can confirm that the president-elect has accepted the prime minister’s invitation to visit Canada soon after he is inaugurated,” the office of Canada’s prime minister said in a statement Saturday.

Canadian officials have been in close contact with president-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, it said.

The press release does not specify the timing of Obama’s trip or other details.

US presidents usually travel to Canada in their first international trip, although President George W. Bush made Mexico his first destination after he took office.

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