By Jueseppi B.
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2014
As part of regular consultations between our two countries, President Obama will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2014 to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security. The President will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following his travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22nd, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd, 2014
White House Schedule
On Sunday, the President will depart Washington en route The Netherlands. The President’s departure from the South Lawn is open press.
8:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, The South Lawn.
9:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews, Virginia Gate, Joint Base Andrews, for The Netherlands.
Schedule for the Week of March 24th – March 28th,2014
On Monday, the President will arrive in The Netherlands. In the morning, the President will tour the Rijksmuseum and hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands. In the afternoon the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the United States Ambassador’s residence before arriving at the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit. In the evening, the President will attend a G-7 leaders meeting on Ukraine at Catshuis, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Afterwards, he will join His Majesty King Willem-Alexander for dinner at the Royal Palace. The President will remain overnight in The Netherlands.
On Tuesday, the President will visit the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit. Afterwards, the President will hold a bilateral press conference with Prime Minister Rutte. In the evening, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, at the United States Ambassador’s residence, and a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. He will then meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to The Netherlands. The President will then travel to Brussels, Belgium where he will remain overnight.
On Wednesday, the President will visit Flanders Field Cemetery with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium and His Majesty King, Philippe. In the afternoon, he will participate in the EU-U.S. Summit at the Council of the European Union. Afterwards, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Belgium, EU, and NATO before meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and then travel to Rome, Italy where he will remain overnight.
On Thursday, the President will visit the Vatican where he will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis followed by a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Afterwards, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy at the Quirinal Palace. Later, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy at Villa Madama. In the evening, the President will tour the Colosseum and meet with employees and families of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the UN Agencies in Rome.
On Friday, the President will travel from Rome, Italy to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The President will remain overnight in Saudi Arabia.
Ben Rhodes on the President’s Travel to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican and Saudi Arabia.
March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain
Ben Rhodes give The Presidents schedule for his trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
President Obama Plans to Visit Pope Francis in March
President Barack Obama will travel to Italy in March to meet with Pope Francis for the first time, the White House announced Tuesday.
The March 27 visit to the Vatican comes as part of a European tour during which Obama will also visit the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
“The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a White House statement.
Before arriving in Vatican City, Obama will spend two days in the Netherlands participating in the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Dutch government. Those gathered will discuss security processes for nuclear materials, the statement said.
Obama will then travel to Brussels for a meeting with presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, and will also hold meetings with Belgian government officials and with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
While in Italy, Obama will also meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Vatican in 2009 to meet with Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
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