Defence Minister Kammenos: With his personal interventions, President Obama has helped Greece in difficult times

US President Barack Obama “reassured me that he will insist on the assistance to Greece so that our country exits the crisis,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday said in statements to Real FM.

Kammenos welcomed the US President earlier on Tuesday at the Athens International Airport.

“With his personal interventions, President Obama has helped Greece in difficult times as well as on the issues of debt with his intervention on July 15 to French President Francois Hollande and his repeated public positions on cooperation in the Alliance and the support to Greece,” he underlined.

“I thanked him for that and I welcomed him on behalf of all the Greek people adding that his last visit as president is not only symbolic but critical because he is sending the message of exiting the crisis,” Kammenos stated and added: “He accepted it and told me he does that with all his heart, because it is the country of democracy and that he will actually insist on the aid to Greece so that the Greek people and Greece overcome the crisis. He was very friendly … He was very human and happy he is visiting Greece and told us that it was his own decision to visit Athens in his last trip as President.”

Kammenos stressed that Obama’s visit and his discussions with the political leadership of the country is an important message for the debt issue, an important message that will help us at many levels: investments, message to Europe and the other side of the Atlantic that insist on austerity and the possibility to see better days.