Obama heads to UK for state visit
Buckingham Palace has confirmed US President Barack Obama will be visiting the UK on a state visit in May.
It is the first state visit by a US president since that of President George W Bush and his wife, Laura, in 2003.
President Obama visited the UK for the G20 summit in 2009 but that was not a state visit.
In July last year David Cameron visited Washington and met Mr Obama, who will visit London from May 24 to 26 .
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, will accompany the president on the visit but details of his itinerary have not been announced.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said today: “The prime minister is very pleased this visit is taking place. It is a sign of the strong and enduring relationship between our two countries.”
Last year’s meeting, which was dominated by recriminations after the BP oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, ended with President Obama describing the Anglo-American relationship as “truly special”. (BBC)