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Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:14 p.m. CDT
(Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this May 13, 2013, file photo President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, walk off the stage after their joint White House news conference, where they spoke about Syria's civil war and other topics. Obama will be joining global leaders in Northern Ireland Monday, June 17, 2013, for the Group of Eight (G-8) summit of the world's top industrial nations, where after months of caution he is suddenly positioned more aggressively on Syria. He's expected to prod Britain and France to follow his lead in trying to arm the Syrian rebels, and press Russia to end its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking a security, foreign policy and economic agenda to Northern Ireland for a meeting with heads of the leading industrial nations.

He's looking for consensus on Syria while pushing for common ground on trade, economic growth and tax policies.

Obama is set to depart Washington on Sunday night and arrive in Belfast on Monday, ahead of the Group of eight summit, and give a speech focused on Northern Ireland's reconciliation.

Aides say the president plans to call on young people to sustain the peace.

He's then scheduled to attend a two-day summit in at a resort with leaders from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russia, and Japan.

Obama also plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president's trip will end Wednesday in Berlin.

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