President’s week ahead tips to global issues
June 5th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

President’s week ahead tips to global issues

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After spending a quiet weekend in Washington, including a round of golf on Saturday, President Obama faces a busy week ahead at the White House - a week in which he'll focus attention on issues overseas.  The president will host three international leaders, discussing a variety of issues, ranging from the world economy to military operations in Libya and Afghanistan to Africa. 

On Monday, there are no public events scheduled for the president.  President Obama will hold his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security team.

On Tuesday, the president and first lady will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel for an official visit at the White House.  Chancellor Merkel’s visit will include an “official arrival ceremony”, a bilateral meeting and a press conference with the two leaders, according to the White House. 

In the evening, the Obamas will host a state dinner for Merkel and her husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer.  During the dinner ceremonies, President Obama will present Merkel with the 2010 Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.  Merkel was bestowed the award last year but was unable to attend the ceremony at the White House.

The White House says the German leader’s visit “will provide an opportunity for the president and chancellor to consult on a full agenda of foreign policy, security, and economic issues, including ongoing NATO operations in Libya and Afghanistan; democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia; Middle East peace; Iran nuclear compliance; and the global economic recovery."   

On Wednesday, President Obama will attend an “event” - details to come - in the Washington area that the White House says will focus on "the importance of training and preparing our workforce to compete for manufacturing jobs across the nation.” 

Later on Wednesday, the president will host the Auburn Tigers, Auburn University’s football team, at the White House.  The team is being honored for winning the 2010 BCS national championship.  As part of the visit, the team will meet with local Washington school kids.

Wednesday will also include the first of two visits this week from African leaders.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will meet with President Obama at the White House Wednesday.  The White House says Obama is expected to consult with Jonathan "on the latest regional and global developments, and deepening our strong bilateral partnership." 

On Thursday, President Obama will welcome President Ali Bondo Ondimba of Gabon to the White House.  Ondimba holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of June. 

Neither visit is likely to be surrounded by the pomp and circumstance of Tuesday's "official visit" by Germany's Merkel.

The White House has not released details of the president's schedule for Friday.


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