Obama lands in Ireland to kick off European tour

Obama lands in Ireland to kick off European tour

US President Barack Obama (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Dublin (ANTARA News/AFP) - US President Barack Obama landed in Ireland on Monday for a visit celebrating his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour.

Obama and his wife Michelle landed in Air Force One in a windswept Dublin for a one-night stay during which the president will hold talks with Irish leaders and visit the tiny village of Moneygall, where his great-great-great grandfather lived.

The president will also give an open-air speech to an audience of thousands in Dublin.

On Tuesday, he will travel on to Britain for a state visit before attending the G8 summit in the French resort of Deauville and wrapping up his tour in Poland.

(Uu.H-AK)

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