List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama

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President Obama is greeted by Canada's Governor General Michaëlle Jean upon arriving in Ottawa in February 2009. This was Obama's first international presidential trip.

This is a list of presidential trips made by Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. As of August 2014, Obama has made 36 international trips to 47 different countries (in addition to visiting Vatican City and the West Bank) since his presidency began with his January 2009 inauguration, in addition to many more trips made domestically within the United States which are not shown on this list.

Domestic trips[edit]

As of August 2014, Barack Obama has visited 46 of 50 states as president; the unvisited states that remain are Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.[1]

International trips[edit]

Map of international trips made by Barack Obama as president:
  1 visit
  2 visits
  3 visits
  4 visits
  5 visits
  6 visits
  7 or more visits
  United States
Number of visits Country
1 visit Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, West Bank
2 visits Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Vatican City
3 visits Germany, Japan, United Kingdom
4 visits Afghanistan, South Korea
5 visits France, Mexico

2009[edit]

The following international trips were made by Barack Obama during 2009:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Canada Canada Ottawa February 19
Details
First trip outside the United States as president. President Obama met with Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Leader of the Opposition Michael Ignatieff.[2][3][4]
United Kingdom United Kingdom London March 31 – April 2

G-20 summit

Details
President Obama was attending the 2009 G-20 London Summit. Obama met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, where he took part in a joint press conference with Brown,[5] and met with Leader of the Opposition David Cameron at the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square.[6] Obama also met with Queen Elizabeth II.[7][8][9]
France France Strasbourg April 3–4

NATO summit

Details
President Obama was attending the 2009 Strasbourg–Kehl summit.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]
Germany Germany Kehl, Baden-Baden April 3–4

NATO summit

Details
President Obama was attending the 2009 Strasbourg–Kehl summit[10][11][13][15][16][17][18][19][20]
Czech Republic Czech Republic Prague April 5
Details
President Obama visited the Czech Republic, then holding the rotating presidency of the European Council. President Obama met with President Václav Klaus. He also made a speech in Hradčany Square, Prague, in which he spoke about the threat of nuclear weapons in the post–Cold War era.[19][21][22][23]
Turkey Turkey Ankara, Istanbul April 6–7
Details
President Obama participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Anitkabir Mausoleum,[24] met with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and delivered a speech to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Obama also met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople of the Orthodox Church in Istanbul,[25] attended the Alliance of Civilizations forum,[26] a forum sponsored by Turkey and Spain to promote understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds, visited the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and hold a town hall with students at the Tophane Cultural Center.[27][28][29][30][31]
Iraq Iraq Baghdad April 7

Iraq War

Details
President Obama met with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He also visited U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq War.[31][32][33]
Mexico Mexico Mexico City April 16–17[34]
Details
President Obama met with President Felipe Calderón.[34][35][36][37][38][39]
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain April 17–19

Summit of the Americas

Details
President Obama was attending the 5th Summit of the Americas.[36][40][41][42][43]
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Riyadh Province June 3–4
Details
President Obama met with King Abdullah and discussed various issues, including the Arab–Israeli conflict and Iran's nuclear programme.[44][45][46]
Egypt Egypt Cairo, Giza June 4
Details
President Obama issued an important speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University entitled "A New Beginning". Obama also held talks with President Hosni Mubarak on regional issues, which were described by Mubarak as "candid and frank". Obama also visited the Sultan Hassan Mosque.[44][47][48]
Germany Germany Dresden, Buchenwald, Landstuhl June 5
Details
President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp, ahead of the D-Day commemorations, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He also spoke of the Arab–Israeli conflict, and met with Chancellor Angela Merkel[49] in Dresden Castle,[50] visited Dresden Frauenkirche[51] and gave an interview at Zwinger Palace in Dresden.[52][53][54][55][56]
France France Paris, Caen June 5–7
Details
President Obama visited France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Obama met dignitaries including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.[57][58] In Paris, President Obama and his family took part in sightseeing, including visiting the Centre Georges Pompidou[59] and Notre Dame de Paris.[60][61][62][63][64][65]
Russia Russia Moscow July 6–8
Details
President Obama met with President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss global issues, including the War in Afghanistan. Obama delivered a speech to the New Economic School in Moscow.[66][66]
Italy Italy L'Aquila, Rome July 8–10

G8 summit

Details
President Obama was attending the 35th G8 summit. President Obama also met with President Giorgio Napolitano.[67]
Vatican City Vatican City Vatican City July 10
Details
President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI, and discussed issues such as poverty, stem-cell research, peace in the Middle East, and the need to reach out to the Muslim world. Obama and the Pope also exchanged gifts.[68]
Ghana Ghana Accra, Cape Coast July 11
Details
President Obama met with President John Atta Mills and made a speech to the Parliament of Ghana. He also toured a former departing point of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Cape Coast Castle.[67]
Mexico Mexico Guadalajara August 9–10

North American Leaders' Summit

Details
President Obama attended the annual North American Leaders' Summit.[69]
Denmark Denmark Copenhagen October 2

Olympic Congress

Details
President Obama was attending the 13th Olympic Congress, supporting the unsuccessful Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. While in Denmark, President Obama met with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. He also met with Queen Margrethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.[70]
Japan Japan Tokyo November 13–14
Details
The trip was the first stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. While in Japan, President Obama met with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.[71] Obama also visited the Tokyo Imperial Palace, meeting with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko,[72] and made a speech at the Suntory Hall[73] in Tokyo.[74]
Singapore Singapore Central Area November 14–15

APEC summit

Details
The trip was the second stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. Obama was attending the APEC Singapore 2009 summit.[75][76] While in Singapore, Obama took part in bilateral meetings with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.[74]
China China Shanghai, Beijing November 15–18
Details
The third stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. In Shanghai, President Obama met with Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng and Mayor Han Zheng.[74] He also took part in a town-hall style meeting with Chinese students, addressing a range of issues such as internet censorship and U.S. arms deals with Taiwan.[77][78] In Beijing, Obama took part in a bilateral meeting with President Hu Jintao, and met with Premier Wen Jiabao.[74] Obama also met briefly with his half brother Mark Ndesandjo,[79] and visited various cultural sights; these included the Forbidden City[80][81] and part of the Great Wall of China.[82][83][84]
South Korea South Korea Seoul, Pyeongtaek November 18–19
Details
The trip was the final stop on a four-nation tour of Asia. President Obama met with President Lee Myung-bak at the Blue House, discussing such issues as the inactive South Korea – United States Free Trade Agreement.[85][86][87] Obama also met with American soldiers stationed at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek.[88]
Norway Norway Oslo December 10

Nobel Peace Prize

Details
President Obama was accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.[89]
Denmark Denmark Copenhagen December 18

UN Climate Change Conference

Details
President Obama made a speech at the Bella Center to attendants of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009. He also took part in a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao,[90] and met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss completing a nuclear disarmament treaty to replace START I, a 15-year treaty that entered into force on 5 December 1994.[91]

2010[edit]

The following international trips were made by Barack Obama during 2010:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Afghanistan Afghanistan Bagram, Kabul March 28

War in Afghanistan

Details
President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, flying on Air Force One from Camp David to Bagram Air Base, and then flew on by helicopter to the Presidential Palace in Kabul to meet with President Hamid Karzai to discuss the ongoing war in Afghanistan. During his visit, Obama also spoke with troops, and met with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and General Stanley A. McChrystal. Obama previously visited eastern Afghanistan in July 2008, during his campaign in the 2008 presidential election.[92]
Czech Republic Czech Republic Prague April 8

New START Treaty

Details
President Obama traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, to sign the New START treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Obama also took part in a formal dinner with the heads of government of eleven European countries: the Czech Republic plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.[93]
Canada Canada Huntsville, Toronto June 25–27

G8 summit, G20 summit

Details
President Obama traveled to Huntsville, Ontario (in the Muskoka region) as part of the 36th G8 summit. The President later traveled to Toronto as part of the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit.[94][95][96][97]
India India Mumbai, New Delhi November 6–9

State visit

Details
President Obama traveled to Mumbai, India, as part of a trip to Asia. The President commemorated the 2008 Mumbai attacks, visited the Mani Bhavan Museum, and hosted various business activities at the Oberoi Trident. The President later hosted a town hall meeting at St Xavier's College. During his stay in Mumbai, the President stayed at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, which had previously been a terrorist target. The President proceeded to New Delhi, where he visited Humayun's Tomb and met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He also addressed a joint session of the Indian Parliament and participated in a state dinner hosted by Indian's president Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the president of India.[98][99][100][101][102][103][104][105][106][107][108][109][110][111][112][113][114]
Indonesia Indonesia Jakarta November 9–10

State visit

Details
President Obama traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of a four-country tour of Asia. The President had bilateral meetings with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Istana Negara. Later in the trip, the President visited the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta and delivered a speech at the University of Indonesia as a follow up to his 2009 A New Beginning speech.[115][116][117][118][119][120]
South Korea South Korea Seoul November 10–12

State visit

Details
President Obama traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as part of a four-country tour of Asia. While there, the President attended a Veterans Day ceremony at the Yongsan Garrison and had bilateral meetings with President Lee Myung-bak at the Blue House. The President later attended G20 meetings at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center.[121][122][123][124][125][126]
Japan Japan Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura November 12–14

APEC summit

Details
President Obama traveled to Yokohama after his arrival in Tokyo, as part of a four-country tour of Asia. While in Yokohama, the President attended an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit with several national leaders held at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel and Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center. He also held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of the summit making joint press announcements. The President visited the famous statue of Amida Buddha located at the temple of Kōtoku-in in the city of Kamakura[127][128][129]
Portugal Portugal Lisbon November 19–20

NATO summit

Details
President Obama traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to attend the 2010 Lisbon summit of NATO. Obama met with President Aníbal Cavaco Silva at Belém Palace, and later held bilateral meetings with Prime Minister José Sócrates. The President later attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on the sidelines.[130][131][132][133][134]
Afghanistan Afghanistan Bagram December 3

War in Afghanistan

Details
President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he thanked United States soldiers for their contributions to the war at Bagram Airfield outside Bagram, Parwān Province.[135][136][137][138]

2011[edit]

The following international trips have been made by Barack Obama during his third year in office as of November 2011:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Brazil Brazil Brasília, Rio de Janeiro March 19–21

State visit

Details
President Obama arrived in Brasília on March 19. He met with Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff for the first time at the Palácio do Planalto. Obama aimed to bolster the trade relationship between the United States and Brazil. On March 20, he traveled to Rio do Janeiro and spoke to a crowd at the Theatro Municipal. He visited the favela Cidade de Deus, one of Rio de Janeiro's most impoverished and famous neighborhoods.[139] He then went with his family to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. During his trip to Brazil, Obama made two public speeches in which he spoke about "colonialism, human freedom and the American Dream."[140][141][142][143][144][145][146][147][148][149][150]
Chile Chile Santiago March 21–22

State visit

Details
Obama met with Chile's president Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda Palace to discuss strengthening trade relations. Later, Obama spoke about how the democracies of Latin America could be a guide for the democracies developing in the Middle East in a speech at an art museum in the capital city.[147][151][152][153][154][155]
El Salvador El Salvador San Salvador March 22–23
Details
President Obama met with El Salvador's president Mauricio Funes. The two discussed immigration and drug trafficking. Later he visited the San Salvador Cathedral and the tomb of archbishop Óscar Romero.[152][156][157][158]
Republic of Ireland Ireland Dublin, Moneygall May 23

State visit

Details
During his stay in Ireland Obama met Irish President Mary McAleese, and also held talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Obama also visited Moneygall, home to the president's great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney who emigrated to the United States in 1850.[159] After returning from Moneygall Obama made a speech at College Green in Dublin to reaffirm US-Irish ties.[160][161][162][163][164][165][166][167]
United Kingdom United Kingdom London May 23–26

State visit

Details
Obama arrived a day ahead of schedule on Monday 23 to avoid any disruption from a volcanic ash cloud in Iceland. During the first official day of his UK state visit Britain President Obama received a ceremonial welcome, including a 41-gun salute, at the Buckingham Palace gardens. Obama toured the palace, met senior royals at Buckingham Palace and later David and Samantha Cameron at Downing Street 10. He also met opposition leader Ed Miliband and visited to the Globe Academy in Southwark, south London, where Obama and Cameron teamed up for a table tennis match against schoolboys. Obama also laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and participated in state banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. On his second official state visit day Obama hold meetings with Prime Minister Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and served up food at a barbecue for military families from the US and Britain in the Downing Street garden. Cameron and Obama hold later a joint press conference at Lancaster House. Obama gave a speech at Westminster Hall to the UK Parliament and later hosted a banquet for the Queen, Prince Philip and a select group of other guests at the US ambassador's residence, Winfield House, in London. Obama departed London on May 26 en route to the G8 Summit in Deauville, France.[168][169][170][171][172][173][174][175][176]
France France Deauville May 26–27

G8 summit

Details
Obama attended the 37th G8 summit in Deauville where he had bilateral talks with the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, and the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.[177][178][179][180][181][182]
Poland Poland Warsaw May 27–28

State visit

Details
On Day One of his two-day visit Obama participated in wreath laying ceremonies at both the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. The President also met with Jewish community leaders and Holocaust survivors at the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. At the evening of Day One he also participated a dinner with Central and Eastern European leaders hosted by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Royal Castle. On Day Two of his visit Obama had meetings with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He also visited the memorial to the victims of the Smolensk plane crash at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Military in Warsaw.[183][184][185][186][187][188][189][190][191][192][193][194][195]
France France Cannes November 3–4

G-20 summit

Details
Obama attended the 2011 G-20 Cannes summit in Cannes where he had bilateral talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina. During his stay in France Obama meet with L20 International Labor Leaders, joined President Nicolas Sarkozy in an event honoring the alliance between the United States and France and participated with Sarkozy in a joint interview with French television stations TF1 and France 2.[196][197][198][199][200][201]
Australia Australia Canberra, Darwin November 16–17

State visit

Details
The two-day visit was President Obama's first official visit to Australia—previously scheduled trips were canceled due to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The aim of the visit was to strengthen the Australian American relations and promoting security in the Pacific. On Wednesday 16, the President met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the two held a joint press conference in which an increase in U.S. military presence in northern Australia was announced. Later on that day President Obama was hosted at a supper at the Australian Parliament Residence. On Thursday 17, the President spoke to the Australian Parliament at Parliament House, meet with parliamentary leaders, toured a major college with Prime Minister Gillard, and then traveled to Darwin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance. In Darwin participated in a wreath laying ceremony with Prime Minister Gillard at USS Peary Memorial and delivered remarks to Australian troops and U.S. Marines. During his stay in Australia Obama also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, met with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and held a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, where he also participated in a tree dedication ceremony.[202][203][203][204][205][206][207][208][209][210][211][212][213][214][215][216]
Indonesia Indonesia Nusa Dua[217] on Bali November 17–19

East Asia Summit

Details
President Obama attended the annually ASEAN Summit and the 6th East Asia Summit on Bali. During his stay in Bali Obama participated in an event to announce a commercial deal with representatives of Boeing and Lion Air, participated in Embassy and U.S. Mission Meet & Greet and hosted bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Singh of India, President Aquino of the Philippines, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia as well as Prime Minister Yingluck of Thailand. The President also announced that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit Myanmar in December 2011 on a trip that could signal a major change in relations between the two countries. On Bali President Obama also had an unscheduled meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.[218][219][220][221][222][223][224][225][226][227][228][229][230][231][232][233][234][235][236][237][238]

2012[edit]

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
South Korea South Korea Osan Air Base, Korean Demilitarized Zone, Seoul March 25–27

Nuclear Security Summit

Details
President Obama visited South Korea to take part in the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul. After landing at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, Mr. Obama traveled to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, where he greeted some of the 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea. He visited Observation Post Ouellette, a hilltop border post ringed with sandbags, overlooking the heavily fortified, brown hills of the North Korean countryside. After returning from the Korean Demilitarized Zone Obama hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey and attend a bilateral meeting with President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea at the Blue House. While attending the Nuclear Security Summit Obama hold bilateral meetings with President Medvedev of Russia, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Hu Jintao of China and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan. President Obama also delivered remarks at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul in which he discussed his Prague agenda to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and seek the peace and security of a world without them, including his commitment to safe, clean nuclear energy as part of his comprehensive strategy to develop all sources of American energy.[239][240][241][242][243][244][245][246][247][248][249][250][251][252][253][254][255][256][257][258][259][260][261][262]
Colombia Colombia Cartagena April 13–15[263][264][265]

Summit of the Americas

Details
President Obama traveled on a state visit to Colombia[266][267][268] to take part in the 6th Summit of the Americas[269][270][271][272][273][274][275][276][277][278][279][280][281][282][283] at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center[284] in Cartagena, Colombia and strengthen ties with the Hispanic community in his own country.[266] Before the background of more distance and independence by Latin American and Caribbean countries from the United States of America[285][286][287][288][289] discussed topics expected were the pros and cons of drug legalization in the context of America's War on Drugs[290][291][292][293][294][295][296][297][298][299][300][288][301][302] as well as the U.S. sanctions on Cuba and Cuba's continued exclusion from the Summit of the Americas.[288][292][295][296][297][300][303][304][304][305] Before Obama's arrival in Cartagena at Friday April 13, 2012[306] several Secret Service agents providing security for President Barack Obama in Colombia have been recalled following allegations of misconduct.[288][299][300][301][304][307][308][309][310][311][312] After the summits conclusion President Obama had a bilateral program[277] with President Santos of Colombia which included a meeting and a working lunch. The two leaders then hold a joint press conference in which they announced that the United States–Colombia Free Trade Agreement will take effect May 15, 2012.[313][314][315][316] Obama then toured Cartagena's historic San Pedro Claver church with Columbian President Santos toured the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver[317] and attended an event to hand over land titles to representatives of the Afro-Colombian community at the Plaza de San Pedro in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012,[268] in which Shakira participated.[280][281] The land restititution is an attempt by Colombia to recognized marginalized communities who were forced from their land by armed groups.[318][319] In the late afternoon, the President returned to the United States, getting back to Washington late Sunday night.[320] The outcome of the summit for President Obama and the United States has been covered by newsagencies and newspsapers.[302][321][322][323][324][325] During his trip to Colombia Obama visited the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas,[274][326] the largest colonial fort in Colombia.
Afghanistan Afghanistan Bagram Air Base, Kabul May 1–2

War in Afghanistan

Details
President Obama visited Afghanistan during an unannounced surprise night visit on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden to sign a strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America, to spend time with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan and to address the American people from Bagram Air Base to lay out his plans for responsible ending the war in Afghanistan. The president landed at Bagram Air Base at 10.20 p.m. local time in Afghanistan,[327] spent six hours in the country[328] and had been flying out of Afghanistan at about 4:25 a.m. Afghanistan time.[329] He flew from Bagram by helicopter to the Presidential Palace in Kabul[330] to hold a bilateral meeting with President Hamid Karzai and delivered remarks before the signing of the strategic partnership agreement. After the signing he returned by helicopter to Bagram Air base. Here he spoke with U.S. troops, visited wounded soldiers at a hospital on Bagram Air Base, where he awarded 10 Purple Heart decorations, and spoke by radio to military personnel in other parts of the country who were involved in arranging his trip. President Obama then addressed his fellow American citizens from the air base and returned afterwards to the United States by use of Air Force One.[331][332][333][334][335][336][337][338][339][340][341][342][343][344][345][346][347]
Mexico Mexico Los Cabos,[348] San José del Cabo[349] June 17[350]–19

G-20 summit

Details
President Obama attended the 2012 G-20 Mexico summit. The president stayed at the Esperanza Resort in San José del Cabo for the duration of the trip. During the summit Obama had a meeting with several European heads of state and government to discuss the European sovereign-debt crisis.[351] Obama also hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which both presidents among other things discussed the Syrian civil war, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.[348][350][352][353][354][355][356][357][358][359][360][361]
For further information see: List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama during 2012.
Thailand Thailand Bangkok November 18–19
Details
The President arrived at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok via Air Force One. In the afternoon he visited Wat Pho Royal Monastery[362] with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and received a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital.[363][364] Obama then traveled to the Thai Koo Fah Building and took part in a formal welcome ceremony and signed a guest book at the Government House. Afterwards, the President met with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for a bilateral meeting to discuss Thai–U.S. cooperation and mark 180 years of official relations. In the evening, the President and Prime Minister held a joint press conference where Thailand announced it would join talks on deeper trade ties with the US and other countries under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Later in the evening Obama attended an official dinner with Prime Minister Shinawatra and greeted and met with United States Embassy personnel at the Sports Complex of Chulalongkorn University. Obama spent the night in Bangkok and left Thailand the next morning.[363][365][366][367][368][369][370][371][372][373][374][375][376][377][378][379][380][381][382]
Burma Myanmar (Burma) Yangon November 19
Details
After flying in from Bangkok, President Obama became the first U.S. President to visit the country,[383][384][385][386] where he toured Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met with President Thein Sein at Yangon Regional Parliament,[387] met with MP Aung San Suu Kyi at her home to discuss Myanmar–U.S. relations in light of the country's democratic reforms, met briefly with representatives of civil society organizations, including an advocate for Burma's Rohingya population,[388] met and greeted United States Embassy personnel at the Embassy, and delivered a speech on freedom, democracy, and the crucial role that respect for minorities' rights plays in ensuring peace and prosperity[389][390] at the University of Yangon. After his speech Obama departed Burma en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia.[367][368][382][391][392][393][394][395][396][397][398][399][400][401][402][403][404][405][406][407][408][409][410][411][412][413]
Cambodia Cambodia Phnom Penh November 19–20

East Asia Summit

Details
After flying in from Burma, Obama was welcomed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace and then met with the Prime Minister. The President then attended the US-ASEAN leaders meeting at the Peace Palace. Obama later arrived at the Diamond Island Convention Center, where he attended the Seventh East Asia Summit Dinner. He remained overnight in Phnom Penh. The following day (November 20) Obama participated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting, attended the Seventh East Asia Summit where he held bilateral meetings with Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and later met and greeted United States Embassy personnel.[367][368][382][383][387][388][396][414][415][416][417][418][419][420][421][422][423][424][425][426][427][428][429][430][431][432][433][434][435][436][437][438][439][440][441][442][443] Obama left Phnom Penh on November 20, en route back to Washington.[383][444][445] He became the first person holding the office to visit Cambodia.[383][396][414][415][428][446]

2013[edit]

The following international trips were made by Barack Obama during 2013:

Country Destination Date(s) Notes
Israel Israel
State of Palestine West Bank
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem March 20–22
Details
Upon arriving in Tel Aviv, President Obama examined a battery of the "Iron Dome" defense system before traveling to Jerusalem for bilateral talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after which they held a joint press conference and attended a working dinner together. The primary topics discussed were the situation in Syria, Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.[447] On Thursday, the President visited the Israel Museum, where he saw the Dead Sea Scrolls and a technology exposition put together by Israeli universities. He then traveled to the West Bank for a bilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, followed by a joint press conference. He then visited a youth center in al-Bireh and met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (who resigned his office less than a month later). Afterward, President Obama returned to Jerusalem and gave a speech to students at the International Convention Center, followed by a state dinner with President Peres.

On Friday, President Obama laid wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin before visits to Yad Vashem and the Church of the Nativity.[448] While the President was in Bethlehem, a small demonstration took place in the nearby Dheisheh refugee camp with Palestinian security forces looking on.[449] Prior to boarding Air Force One to leave for Jordan, President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport and persuaded him to call Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and offer an apology for the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident and offer compensation to victims' families. Erdoğan accepted the apology, opening the door for the normalization of diplomatic relations, which had been severely strained by the incident. On the same day, the State Department announced that nearly $500 million in economic aid would be made available to help Palestine's struggling economy.[450]

The night before President Obama arrived for his visit, thousands of Israelis protested outside President Peres' residence asking him to plead with Obama for clemency for Jonathan Pollard.[451]

Jordan Jordan Amman, Petra March 22–23
Details
President Obama arrived in Amman on Friday afternoon, where he held bilateral talks with King Abdullah, who hosted the president for dinner. The President and the King discussed the Syrian refugee crisis, the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, and the recent political unrest in Jordan. On Saturday morning, President Obama made a short sight-seeing stop in Petra before returning to the US.[447]
Mexico Mexico Mexico City May 2–3
Details
The President met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for private talks that emphasized trade, cultural and educational exchange, innovation, and research, but also touched on border security and illegal narcotics trafficking.[452] The President gave an address at the National Anthropology Museum before departing for Costa Rica.[453]
Costa Rica Costa Rica San José May 3–4
Details
President Obama met with Central American and Dominican leaders attending the SICA summit in San José.[454][455] Trade and security were the major topics of discussion.[456]
United Kingdom United Kingdom Belfast, Lough Erne June 17–18

G8 summit

Details
The President attended the 39th G8 summit at Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. On Monday, before arriving in Lough Erne, Obama stopped in Belfast to speak to a group of students about the legacy of the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. At Lough Erne, Obama took part in a plenary session on the state of the global economy with the other G8 leaders, and held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss their involvement in the Syrian civil war. On Tuesday, the President took part in plenary sessions on counter-terrorism as well as trade, taxes, and transparency (the agenda for which was determined by host leader David Cameron), before departing for Berlin.
Germany Germany Berlin[457] June 18–19

State visit

Details
The President arrived in Berlin on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he met with German President Joachim Gauck at Schloss Bellevue, followed by a working lunch and joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Bundeskanzleramt. He delivered a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at the Pariser Platz,[458][459] then met with Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor in the 2013 federal election. In the evening he was hosted by Chancellor Merkel for a state dinner at Schloss Charlottenburg before returning to the U.S.
Senegal Senegal Dakar June 26–28

State visit

Details
The President arrived in Dakar on Wednesday night. On Thursday, he held a bilateral meeting with President Macky Sall, after which he visited Senegal's supreme court for a meeting with regional judicial leaders. The First Lady spoke at an all-girls middle school with the First Lady of Senegal, before joining the President for a visit to the Maison des Esclaves on Gorée and meeting with civil society leaders at the Goree Institute. President Sall hosted the President and First Lady for a state dinner in the evening. On Friday, the President met with farmers and other members of Senegal's agriculture sector to discuss food security before departing for South Africa.[460][461]
South Africa South Africa Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town June 28 – July 1

State visit

Details
President Obama arrived in Johannesburg late Friday night. On Saturday morning he was hosted for a bilateral visit by President Jacob Zuma to discuss development, peace and security issues, and the promotion of democracy in Africa, followed by a joint press conference. The President then attended a town hall at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg, causing anti-American protests.[462] In the afternoon, the President attended a bilateral meeting with African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The President also found time to meet members of the Mandela family, with the 94-year-old former President severely ill.[462]

The First Lady had tea with South African First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma in the morning. In the afternoon, she attended a discussion with young South Africans which was broadcast on MTV Base, with young Americans participating via a Google+ Hangout. President Zuma hosted the Obamas for a state dinner on Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning, the Obamas flew to Cape Town. In the morning, they visited Robben Island. The President then attended a community health discussion at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center, and discussed the United States' global health agenda. The President gave a speech at the University of Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, highlighting "trade and investment, development, democracy, [and] partnerships on behalf of peace and security" throughout Africa, before departing for Tanzania the following morning.[460][461]

Tanzania Tanzania Dar es Salaam July 1–2

State visit

Details
The President arrived in Dar es Salaam on Monday morning, where he was hosted for a bilateral visit by President Jakaya Kikwete. He then attended a round-table meeting with American and African business leaders. The First Lady met with Tanzanian First Lady Salma Kikwete, after which she visited the memorial to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing. She then attended the performance of a local dance troupe before joining the President for a state dinner. On Tuesday, the President also visited the embassy memorial, along with George and Laura Bush, followed by a visit to the Ubungo power plant. The First Lady spoke at African First Ladies' Summit, which was hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. The Obamas then returned to the U.S.[460][461]
Sweden Sweden Stockholm September 4–5
Details
The President stopped in Stockholm for a bilateral visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, prior to attending the G-20 summit in Russia. The trip replaced a planned bilateral visit to Moscow, which was canceled after Russia's granting of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former NSA and CIA employee who revealed classified American intelligence programs utilizing extensive mass surveillance. The trip marked the first time Sweden has hosted a US President for a strictly bilateral visit; the only prior visit of a US President in office to Sweden was by George W. Bush in 2001 for the EU-US summit in Göteborg. The possibility of an EU-US free trade agreement was a major topic of discussion, as was the ongoing conflict in Syria. The President also met with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia on September 5, before departing for Russia.[463][464][465][466]
Russia Russia Saint Petersburg September 5–6

G-20 summit

South Africa South Africa Johannesburg, Soweto December 9–11
Details
Attended memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Obama was joined aboard Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who were met in South Africa by former Presidents Carter and Clinton and the Clintons' daughter, Chelsea.[467][468][469][470][471][472][473]

2014[edit]

The following international trips were made by Barack Obama during 2014:

Country Destination Date(s) Notes
Mexico Mexico Toluca February 19
Details
President Obama attended the North American Leaders' Summit, meeting with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada.[474]
Netherlands Netherlands Amsterdam, The Hague March 24–26
Details
President Obama participated in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague, the Netherlands on March 24–25, 2014. He also held bilateral events with Dutch officials.[475] Prior to the summit he visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.[476]
Belgium Belgium Brussels March 26–27
Details
President Obama traveled to Brussels on March 26 for a U.S.–EU Summit with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. While in Belgium, the President also held bilateral events with Belgian Government officials and with the NATO Secretary General.[475] In addition Obama visited Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial and gave a speech to the European Youth with before the background of the 2014 Crimean crisis.[477]
Vatican City Vatican City Vatican City March 27
Details
President Obama traveled to the Vatican City to meet with Pope Francis to discuss fighting poverty and growing inequality.[475]
Italy Italy Rome March 27–28
Details
President Obama traveled to Rome to meet with President Napolitano and Prime Minister Renzi.[475]
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Riyadh March 28–29
Details
President Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah to discuss regional security, peace in the Middle East, and other issues of prosperity and security.[478]
Japan Japan Tokyo April 23–25
Details
President Obama traveled to Tokyo to meet with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Emperor Akihito.[479]
South Korea South Korea Seoul April 25–26
Details
President Obama traveled to Seoul meet with President Park Geun-hye. The President visited with U.S. troops at Yongsan Garrison.[479]
Malaysia Malaysia Kuala Lumpur April 26–28
Details
President Obama traveled to Kuala Lumpur to meet with Prime Minister Najib Razak. The President delivered a speech at the University of Malaya.[479]
Philippines Philippines Manila April 28–29
Details
President Obama traveled to Manila to meet with President Benigno Aquino III. The President visited with U.S. and Philippine troops at Fort Bonifacio and laid wreath at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.[479]
Afghanistan Afghanistan Bagram May 25–26

War in Afghanistan

Details
President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he visited with U.S troops at Bagram Airfield outside Bagram.[480][481]
Poland Poland Warsaw June 3–4
Details
President Obama traveled to Warsaw to meet with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He also meet with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.[482] The President marked the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from communism.
Belgium Belgium Brussels June 4–5

G7 Summit

Details
President Obama traveled to Brussels to attended the G7 Summit.[482]
France France Paris, Colleville, Ouistreham June 5–6
Details
President Obama traveled to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Obama also met with French President François Hollande.[482]

Multilateral meetings participated in by Obama[edit]

Group Year
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
APEC November 14–15,
Singapore Singapore
November 13–14,
Japan Yokohama
November 12–13,
United States Honolulu
September 9–10,[a]
Russia Vladivostok
October 6–8,[c]
Indonesia Denpasar
November 10–11,
China Beijing
TBD,
Philippines Manila
TBD,
Peru Lima
EAS
(ASEAN)
October 25,[b]
Thailand Cha-Am/Hua Hin
October 30,[b]
Vietnam Hanoi
November 18–19,
Indonesia Nusa Dua
November 19–20,
Cambodia Phnom Penh
October 9–10,[c]
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan
November 11–12,
Burma Naypyidaw
G8 July 8–10,
Italy L'Aquila
June 25–26,
Canada Huntsville
May 26–27,
France Deauville
May 18–19,
United States Camp David
June 17–18,
United Kingdom Enniskillen
June 4–5,
Belgium Brussels
June 4–5,
Germany Schloss Elmau
TBD,
Japan Japan
G-20 April 2,
United Kingdom London
June 26–27,
Canada Toronto
November 3–4,
France Cannes
June 18–19,
Mexico Los Cabos
September 5–6,
Russia Saint Petersburg
November 15–16,
Australia Brisbane
TBD,
Turkey Turkey
September 24–25,
United States Pittsburgh
November 11–12,
South Korea Seoul
NATO April 3–4,
France Strasbourg
Germany Kehl
November 19–20,
Portugal Lisbon
May 20–21,
United States Chicago
September 4–5,
United Kingdom Newport
SOA
(OAS)
April 17,
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain
April 14–15,
Colombia Cartagena
TBD,
Panama Panama
NSS April 12–13,
United States Washington
March 26–27,
South Korea Seoul
March 24–25,
Netherlands The Hague
TBD,
United States United States
Others North American Leaders
August 9–10,
Mexico Guadalajara
North American Leaders
April 2,
United States Washington
North American Leaders
February 19,
Mexico Toluca
UN Climate Change
December 18,
Denmark Copenhagen
██ = Did not attend; ██ = Hosted by the US; ██ = Future event
^a Hillary Clinton attended in the President's place. • ^b The US was not a full member of the East Asia Summit prior to 2011.
^c John Kerry attended in the President's place due to the US government shutdown.

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