US President Obama closed his speech by saying in greek

Ray Hunter
November 28, 2016

Obama's reassurances reflect an attempt to ease the deep concerns about Trump and the future of America's treaty alliances.

Obama has sought to reaffirm during his presidency that the USA commitment to Europe is enduring.

At a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, President Obama congratulated the country for spending more than the minimum goal on defense "even in hard times". 

USA president Barack Obama concluded his visit to Greece and left from Athens global Airport for his official visit to Berlin.

Left-wing and anarchist groups who organized the protest had originally planned to reach the U.S. embassy in another part of town. Clinton's visit, which came during the height of USA intervention in the wars ensuing from the breakup of Yugoslavia, was marked with extensive violent demonstrations.

Mr. Obama's visit comes just two days before the country's main annual anti-American demonstrations, which commemorate the bloody suppression, by military authorities, of the Polytechnic pro-democracy uprising.

On Tuesday, Obama acknowledged the impact of the financial crisis on Greece, which has wiped out a quarter of its economy and led to unemployment rates above 25 percent.

Obama said he was looking forward to visiting the Acropolis because "if you come to Greece you've got to do a little bit of sightseeing".

"We gather here to protest against Obama's visit".

Panayiotis Lafazanis, a party leader for the Popular Unity party and one of the groups that took part in the riots, said that Obama's visit was "a provocation, much more as it comes during the commemoration of the heroic Polytechnic revolt, where the US -driven dictatorship squashed the students with tanks". It has pinned its hopes on him persuading some of the financially stricken country's more reluctant global creditors to grant debt relief, as well as pressuring other European countries to share more of the burden of the continent's refugee crisis. "I will continue to urge creditors to take the steps needed to put Greece on a path towards sustained economic recovery", he said.

Tsipras said that he agreed to European Union bailouts and austerity measures, back in 2015, because he made a strategic choice to stick with the West, however. The Italian prime minister, an Obama ally, faces a test to his leadership ahead of a national referendum he called next month to implement constitutional reforms.

He lauded the people's "extraordinary compassion" for the hundreds of thousands of people who have landed on Greek shores since the start of Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.

In an address to the Greek people, Obama said growing distrust of elites and institutions demands that democratic governments work to become more responsive to the people they serve.

"In my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships", Obama said in a news conference before departing Washington Monday.

"This impulse to pull back from a globalized world is understandable", Obama said in a speech on Wednesday.

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