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Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

Monday - 6/17/2013, 5:56am  ET

FILE - In this May 19, 2012, file photo President Barack Obama, center, with French President Francois Hollande, left, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, leads the first meeting of the G-8 Summit at Camp David, Md. 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 of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, 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 left Washington on Sunday night and is scheduled to 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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