A nervous young Scottish voluntary worker who introduced Barack Obama at a major world event has told how the US President put her at ease by chatting about golf … and haggis.

Laura Hemmati, 26, from Marchmont, Edinburgh, announced Mr Obama's only planned speech during a European tour in Brussels.

In his talk, the President paid tribute to the work Ms Hemmati does with a group which encourages talented and ambitious women to view themselves as leaders.

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Ms Hemmati's encounter took place at the Bozar Cultural Centre in Brussels last Wednesday in front of 2000 distinguished guests including including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

Ms Hemmati said: "I told him I was from Scotland and he started asking me some questions … I said to him that I quite liked haggis, but he didn't believe me.

"He then said he was a big golf fan and began showing me his swing. It was incredible. He totally put me at ease.

"It was all very surreal,"