In this pho[auth] to taken on June 10, 2013, a boy walks by a peace wall that divides the Protestant Cluan Place from the Catholic Short Strand area, in the Protestant Cluan Place area of East Belfast, Northern Ireland. When President Obama comes to Belfast, he’s expected to praise a country at peace and call for walls that separate Irish Catholics and British Protestants to come tumbling down. Barely a 10-minute walk from where the U.S. leader is speaking Monday, June 17, 2013, those walls have kept growing in size and number throughout two decades of slow-blooming peace. Residents on both sides of the battlements today insist they must stay to keep violence at bay. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking a security, foreign policy and economic agenda to Northern Ireland for a meeting with heads of the leading industrial nations.
He’s looking for consensus on Syria while pushing for common ground on trade, economic growth and tax policies.
Obama left Washington on Sunday night and is scheduled to arrive in Belfast on Monday, ahead of the Group of eight summit, and give a speech focused on Northern Ireland’s reconciliation.
Aides say the president plans to call on young people to sustain the peace.
He’s then scheduled to attend a two-day summit in at a resort with leaders from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russia, and Japan.
Obama also plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president’s trip will end Wednesday in Berlin.