Britain invites Obama for a state visit

Earliest, such a visit could take place is early 2011

22nd July 2010: Britain has invited US President Barack Obama for a state visit




The Buckingham Palace has asserted that Queen Elizabeth II has invited Obama to make the state visit to Britain.

If you are excited about the visit, you have to wait. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said as of now the dates for the visit have not been agreed. But earliest, such a visit could take place is early 2011.

The development is significant as the state visits are formal visits to the UK by overseas heads of states. The intention behind organizing the visits is to strengthen Britain’s relationships with other countries. The queen hosts just two such visits per year. One is usually held in spring and the other in autumn. The guests are invited to stay at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

It would not be Obama’s first trip to Britain. The president was in London in March last year to attend a G20 summit held to work out strategies and programmed at improving the global economy.
He was accompanied by his wife Michelle; and the visit included a trip to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen and her husband Prince Philip.

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office traditionally sends out invitations for state visits. "We are aware and supportive of the invitation extended to President Obama by the foreign secretary," the palace said.

The invitation on behalf of the queen was passed on by British Prime Minister David Cameron during talks with Obama at the White House.

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