President Barack Obama will use a European tour this week to urge U.S. allies to help press forward the movement for democratic changes presented by the Arab spring uprisings in the Middle East, reports said.
Obama will visit Ireland, Britain, France and Poland in a week-long outing that will look to create images back home for Americans whether to give him another term in office in November 2012.
The president will meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G8 summit in Deauville, France. The talks will give Obama an opening to advance his ideas for promoting democratic reforms in North Africa and the Middle East.
Obama who was accused at home for being slow to react to the Middle East uprisings has proposed economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia and hopes to use them as examples for the rest of the region.
While Obama's attempt for Arab-Israeli peace talks has brought criticism from pro-Israel supporters at home, he hopes to find some world leaders who will agree to his proposal for a Palestinian state that existed before the 1967 war in which Israeli troops captured the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, when at Ireland, the American president will visit Moneygall, an Irish village that was the birthplace of his great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker.
Obama will end his visit in Poland, where he will meet Central European leaders.