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Trump to host France's Macron for state visit on April 24: White House

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron for a state visit on April 24, the White House said on Monday.

“The president and first lady will welcome President and Mrs. Macron of France to the White House on April 24,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

“This visit will advance American and French cooperation on economic and global issues and deepen the friendship between the two countries.”

Sanders said it would be the first official state visit since Trump took office.

The French presidency said in a brief statement Macron’s visit would take place on April 23-25 and include a joint news conference, several official ceremonies as well as a state dinner.

Reporting by Jeff Mason in Washington, Additional reporting by Matthias Blamont in Paris; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Alison Williams