Obama to meet Pavlopoulos, Tsipras – Debt, refugees and Cyprus on the agenda

US President Barack Obama is expected to arrive at the Presidential Mansion at 13.30. Obama will be received by the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Pavlopoulos and Obama will present the two countries’ delegations before their meeting at the presidential mansion and their brief discussion on cameras.

Obama will then visit the Maximos Mansion to have extended discussions with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. A joint press conference will follow. Pavlopoulos will host an official dinner in honor of the American President and the American delegation at the presidential mansion, at 19.30. The dinner will be attended by 120 people from the political and scientific world as well as representatives of organisations.

The visit of US President Barack Obama to Greece is a top matter, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Monday said in statements to Real FM.

After 17 years, a US President is visiting Greece. The agenda of the discussions includes the Greek debt, the refugee issue, the Cyprus issue and other bilateral issues concerning US-Greek relations, he added.

Referring to the second programme review and the open issues, he said: “There are some open labour issues. The IMF insists on reducing the threshold to mass layoffs. The Greek government has specific positions on the issue.

Τhere are some small differences as far as it concerns the labour issues which are expected to be bridged as well as the issue of the social guarantee income. There are not big differences and can be bridged by the end of November so that we can reach a mutually acceptable agreement.”

Asked whether all issues related to the programme review have been solved by the Eurogroup on December 5, Tzanakopoulos replied: “This is our political target and I think it is absolutely feasible.”