Michelle Obama on first solo official trip abroad

Michelle Obama on first solo official trip abroad Washington: US President Barack Obama's wife Michelle embarks on Tuesday on a three day trip to Mexico, her first solo official trip abroad as the US first lady.

In Mexico City Michelle Obama is scheduled to meet privately with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala at the presidential residence of Los Pinos, the White House said.

Obama will also tour the National Museum of Anthropology and meet students and teachers at Escuela Siete de Enero, a public elementary school that serves low-income students.

The US first lady is to address students at the Universidad Iberoamericana ahead of a reception with women leaders at Los Pinos, followed by dinner with Zavala and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Before leaving on Thursday, Michelle Obama will meet with US embassy employees and host a group of young leaders at La Hacienda de los Morales, a historic event center.

Before returning to Washington the US first lady will stop in San Diego, California, the White House said.

In the statement announcing the trip, the White House said that the first lady's "international agenda will amplify the president's commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world."

On May 19, the Mexican president and his wife will be the guests of honor at a White House state dinner. It will be the second state dinner of Obama's presidency, following a November event in honor of visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The United States and Mexico share a 3,170 kilometer-long border. The two countries cooperate over a broad range of issues, including tackling murderous drug cartels in Mexico, border and immigration problems and a wide economic and trade relationship.