WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama chose St. Patrick's Day to announce that he's adding Ireland to the itinerary for his trip to Europe in May.
Obama made the announcement as he welcomed new Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the White House on Thursday for an annual ceremony of Irish-American solidarity.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, both in green ties, spoke about the strong bonds between the two countries.
The president says Ireland is bouncing back from its economic crisis. And he thanked Kenny for supporting the movement of U.S. troops to Afghanistan as they stopover in Ireland.
Kenny, who took office last week, also is meeting with congressional leaders and potential business investors during his two-day visit to Washington.
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