Barack Obama said Saturday that he'll soon travel to the Middle East and Western Europe to meet with allies and discuss terrorism, nuclear weapons and global warming.
The trip, to take place this summer although travel dates were not released, will provide the presumed Democratic presidential nominee an opportunity for face time with some of the world leaders he'd be working with if elected in November.
More immediately, it gives the 46-year-old opponent of the Iraq war an opportunity to strengthen his foreign policy credentials, which Republican presidential candidate John McCain, a veteran senator, Vietnam War hero and supporter of the Iraq war, has criticized as insufficient.
Obama said he will stop in Israel, Jordan, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
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