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The Canadian Press via Associated Press, Paul Chiasson
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attends a luncheon at the State Department with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

WASHINGTON — The first state dinner of President Barack Obama's final year honors Canada and its newest sensation named Justin: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The nation that produced singer Justin Bieber now also claims the dashing Liberal leader of Canada's government. Thursday's dinner for America's northern neighbor is the first by the White House in nearly 20 years. About 200 guests have been invited.

Tables were being set in the White House East Room, which will be decorated to evoke the coming of spring.

The menu was also designed with spring in mind: halibut casserole with spring vegetables, salad with apricots roasted in ginger, cardamom and White House honey, and herb-crusted Colorado lamb drizzled with a Canadian whiskey sauce.

Sara Bareilles (buh-REH'-lihs), known for her hit, "Love Song," is providing the entertainment.