G8 Lough Erne: President Obama looks forward to 'experiencing the warmth of the people of Fermanagh'

Published: 29 Nov 2012 10:030 comments

THE President of the United States of America Barack Obama is looking forward to 'experiencing the warmth of the people of Fermanagh' when he visits Enniskillen next year.

U.S President Barack Obama.

Mr Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin among others for the G8 Summit at the Lough Erne Resort in June.

The President and his team are "very pleased" that Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to bring discussions to Fermanagh, according to a White House spokesperson.

Mr Obama's visit to the county will follow in the footsteps of former U.S President, Bill Clinton and wife Hilary, U.S Secretary of State, who have a strong affinity with Enniskillen, having visited a number of times. President Clinton even gave his name to the Clinton Centre in the town in dedication to peace and prosperity in Ireland.

Now Mr Obama will be able to experience for himself how far the country has come on in his first visit to Northern Ireland. A White House spokesperson told The Impartial Reporter: "The United States has a long-standing interest in peace and prosperity for the people of Northern Ireland, and the President looks forward to travelling once again to the United Kingdom, seeing for himself the beauty of Northern Ireland and experiencing the warmth of the people of County Fermanagh."

David Cameron has said Lough Erne 2013 will be focused on three ways in which the world leaders can support the development of open economies, open governments and open societies.

President Obama's spokesperson added: "We welcome Lough Erne serving as the host for Leaders as they hold serious discussions about how members of the G8 can continue to work together to boost economic prosperity and address global challenges."

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