Obama’s Waregem visit confirmed

Summary

The itinerary of US president Barack Obama’s visit on 26 March was released yesterday and confirms that he will visit the US war cemetery in West Flanders

Police advise use of public transport in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday

US president Barack Obama will definitely visit the First World War cemetery where American soldiers are buried next Wednesday on his trip to Belgium. The president’s final itinerary was released yesterday, confirming the visit.

Obama will arrive at Brussels Airport on Tuesday evening and stay at Hotel Bloom in the city. The following morning, he will travel by helicopter to Wevelgem, West Flanders, from where he will be driven in a consort to the cemetery in Waregem. The site is the smallest of eight First World War US military cemeteries in Europe, with 368 graves.

From there, the president will return to Brussels to meet with Belgian and European leaders at the Justus Lipsius building in the EU quarter. He will later give a press conference in Bozar. Police are advising anyone traveling to or from the airport on Tuesday or Wednesday to use public transport. Both days will also see large parts of the areas around the Justus Lipsius, Bozar and Hotel Bloom blocked to traffic. Drivers are also advised to avoid the E17 between Wevelgem and Waregem on Wednesday morning.

This is Obama’s first visit to Belgium since his election in 2009.