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Obama Welcomes France's Hollande for Talks at White House

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed French President Francois Hollande to the White House.

Mr. Obama praised the "enduring alliance" between France and the United States, calling Mr. Hollande one of the United States' "strongest allies and closest friends."

Mr. Obama is honoring Mr. Hollande later Tuesday with the first state dinner of his second term as president.

Talks between the two leaders at the White House early Tuesday are set to cover Iran nuclear negotiations, Syria, counter-terrorism efforts in Africa, trade, economic issues and climate change.

Mr. Hollande arrived Monday for the first state visit by a French president since 1996.



Mr. Obama and Mr. Hollande traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia and Monticello, the 18th century mansion that was home to Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, principal drafter of the Declaration of Independence, and the second U.S. envoy to France from 1785 to 1789.

France supported the original 13 American colonies in their war for independence from Britain.

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