U.S.-EU Summit in Prague on April 5, 2009
President Obama European tour
April 5, 2009
President Obama’s first trip to Europe as president included visits to five nations. In London on April 1-2, he met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other world leaders attended the G20 summit. He participated in the 60th anniversary NATO Summit hosted by Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, April 3–4 and then traveled to the European Union summit April 5 in Prague, Czech Republic. He wrapped up his European travel in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, then made a surprise stopover in Iraq.
President Obama completed his European tour in Turkey, where he said America’s new efforts to engage with the Muslim world are part of his administration’s commitment to a foreign policy rooted in mutual respect and seeking common solutions to global challenges. “I know that the trust that binds the United States and Turkey has been strained, and I know that strain is shared in many places where the Muslim faith is practiced. So let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam,” Obama said in an April 6 address to the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Turkey’s capital, Ankara.
Information available on the U.S.-EU Summit in Prague on April 5, 2009:
- Obama's Speech in Prague (2009-04-05)
- Joint Statement by U.S., European Council on North Korean Launch (2009-04-05)
- Obama Remarks Before Meeting Czech Republic Leaders (2009-04-05)
- White House Press Gaggle by Press Secretary in Prague (2009-04-04)
Information available on the U.S.-NATO Summit in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, April 3–4, 2009
Information available on the G20 Summit in London, April 1-2