Ireland’s new leader, Enda Kenny, and U.S. president Barack Obama have spoken, with Obama congratulating Kenny on his recent victory and inviting him to the White House.

In a press release the White House noted:

“The President spoke this morning with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to congratulate him on assuming his office and to wish him good luck as the new Taoiseach. 

“The President assured the Prime Minister of the United States’ strong support for Ireland. The two leaders expressed their commitment to strengthening the enduring bond between Ireland and United States and to advancing the interests of their two peoples through close cooperation.

“Prime Minister Kenny accepted the President’s invitation to the White House on Saint Patrick’s Day. The two leaders look forward to continuing their discussion on events in Libya and other international and domestic issues during an Oval Office meeting planned for that day.”