Published: Mar 08, 2012 1:03 PM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2012 4:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will host President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana for a meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.
 
Obama met Mills in July 2009, and the White House says the president welcomes the opportunity to reciprocate the hospitality he and first lady Michelle Obama received during their visit to the West African nation.
 
The two leaders will discuss shared objectives in advancing development as well as commercial and economic ties between the two nations.
 
In the evening, the president and the first lady will have dinner at a Washington restaurant with winners of a campaign contest.