Obama plans to visit Ireland in May

10:29, March 18, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will visit Ireland in May, as he met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the White House on Saint Patrick's Day.

"There is just an incredible bond between our two countries," said Obama at the Oval Office. "And that's one that we want to reaffirm here today."

He said that the two leaders had an "excellent conversation" on how Ireland will be "bouncing back" from its severe economic problems.

Obama also thanked Kenny for Ireland's help with the war in Afghanistan and for the work on issues such as international food security.

Saint Patrick's Day is Ireland's national holiday. It has become a celebration of Irish culture in general in the United States where there are a large number of Irish descendants.

Source: Xinhua

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