President Donald Trump on Wednesday will fly to Paris for a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, a move the president says will show his leadership on global affairs.
The trip is Trump’s second to the French capital in two months, and is expected to be a major foreign policy event.
It is also likely to be an attempt to show he is able to communicate directly with the French president, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a tweet, Macron said the president would be “welcomed in Paris for the first time” and added that Trump “has always wanted to go to France for the good of France.”
The trip comes amid growing tensions between the United States and North Korea.
The U.S. is still holding a series of isolated meetings with Pyongyang over the issue.
Trump is expected in Paris next week for the Group of 20 summit, the biggest gathering of world leaders in the past decade.
The Trump administration has also been sending high-level diplomatic signals that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a top priority.
The administration has been sending mixed signals on North Korea since Trump took office, with a number of administration officials telling reporters this week that they believe Pyongyang has not been deterred from pursuing its nuclear ambitions.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke in New York last week, but it was unclear what the two men discussed.
Trump’s aides have not publicly commented on Trump’s planned trip to France, saying it is too early to say whether he will attend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.