In keeping with longstanding tradition, the first foreign visit President-elect Barack Obama will make after being sworn in will be to Canada.
The Canadian government announced Saturday, and the Obama transition team office confirmed, that Obama accepted the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to head up North for his first international excursion.
No date has been set yet.
It has long been tradition for Canada to be the first trip for new Presidents, though President George W. Bush made his first stop Mexico.
On Monday, Mexican President Felipe Calderon will meet with President-elect Obama in Washington, D.C., for Mr. Obama’s first meeting with a foreign leader since winning the presidency.