Obama Hosts France's Hollande for State Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed French President François Hollande on the White House South Lawn Tuesday, after which the two leaders went inside for talks.

Discussions were set to cover Iran nuclear negotiations, Syria, counter-terrorism efforts in Africa, trade, economic issues and climate change. 

Hollande arrived Monday for the first state visit by a French president since 1996. Later in the day, Obama and Hollande traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia and Monticello, the 18th century mansion that was home to Thomas Jefferson.

President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande stand for the national anthem during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Feb. 11, 2014. /AP President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande stand for the national anthem during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Feb. 11, 2014. /AP

Jefferson, the third U.S. president, was the principal drafter of the Declaration of Independence, and the second U.S. envoy to France from 1785 to 1789.

France supported the original 13 American colonies in their war for independence from Britain.

VOA News / Feb. 12, 2014 07:39 KST