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John Key makes a date with Obama at White House

Published: 10:05AM Friday July 08, 2011 Source: ONE News

Details have been released of Prime Minister John Key's visit to Washington DC this month.

Key will meet US President Barack Obama on July 22 during his two-day programme in the US capital and will also visit San Francisco and Los Angeles.

His visit, from July 18 to 22, will include meetings with US Government agencies and a speech to the United States Chamber of Commerce.

The full schedules are still being finalised.

Key said issues that would be raised would be the global and US economic outlook, the bilateral relationship with the US, trade, and other Asia-Pacific regional issues.

"The bilateral relationship with the United States is one of New Zealand's most important," Key said.

"The relationship has improved over recent years, and I hope the visit will further strengthen ties."

The invitation to the White House was made in May by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said at the time that a visit had been discussed for a while.