"The visit will
be an opportunity for the United States and Canada to deepen
their bilateral relationship, which is one of the closest and
most extensive in the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest
said in a statement.
"The visit also is intended to advance cooperation on important
bilateral and multilateral issues, such as energy and climate
change, security, and the economy."
The White House had previously signaled the visit would occur
next year but had not announced a date. The president and first
lady Michelle Obama would host Trudeau and his wife, Sophie
Gregoire, it said.
Trudeau, a Liberal, has vowed to improve Canada's relationship
with its powerful neighbor after ties were strained over energy
and climate issues during the tenure of Conservative former
Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
President Bill Clinton hosted the last White House state dinner
for a Canadian leader in 1997 with Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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