The White House has confirmed that U.S. President Barack Obama will head to Greece, Germany and Peru in November for what could be his final trip abroad before leaving the White House in January. Confirmation came from Obama’s office a week after rumors concerning a trip to Greece from November 14-15. At that stage, there had been preparations noted in the Greek Foreign Ministry but no official confirmation nor denial that the trip would actually take place.
Official White House sources on Tuesday said that Obama will visit Athens on November 15 for talks focused on Greece’s efforts to rescue its struggling economy and to commend Greeks on their generosity towards thousands of migrants of the refugee crisis crossing through Greece. He will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The visit comes at a time when Greece hopes that the United States can urge its EU partners to make good on their pledge to give Greece relief that would make its debt sustainable.
After Greece, Obama heads to Germany on November 17 to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel on trade, Ukraine, Syria and the Islamic State group.While in Germany, Obama and Merkel will also meet with the French, British and Italian leaders.