The President of the United States of America Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Athens in mid November, according to a statement issued by the White House.
President Obama will meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on 15 November, with the refugee crisis and economic reforms being at the top of the agenda. This will be the fourth official visit of a US President to Greece. The first American President to visit was Dwight Eisenhower in December of 1959, the second George Bush in July of 1991 and the third was Bill Clinton in November of 1999.
According to the official statement issued by the White House "The President on November 15 will arrive in Greece, where he will see President Pavlopoulos, meet with Prime Minister Tsipras, and reaffirm our support for ongoing efforts to place the Greek economy on a path to sustainability and renewed prosperity. In the birthplace of democracy, the President will also reaffirm the resilience of democratic values, which have done so much to deliver peace and prosperity to Europe and the wider world. Additionally, the President will make clear our appreciation for the remarkable generosity shown by the Greek Government and people to refugees and migrants".
As KKE daily 'Rizospastis' writes "profoundly the visit of Obama, in one of his last trips abroad as President of the USA, is directly connected both with the intensifying intra-capitalist rivalries- with the intervention of the US and mainly against the side of Germany- regarding the course of the Eurozone, as well as with the dangerous imperialist plans and antagonisms in the broader region of Eastern Mediterranean, in which the Greek government, on behalf of the Capital, asserts a more energetic role".
From its side, in a recent statement about the upcoming visit, the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government almost..."worships" Barack Obama, calling him "an emblematic Democratic President". This is the real face of social democracy of SYRIZA; always ready to serve the interests of the imperialists and the Greek bourgeoisie.
|Archive Photo: Banner by KKE in the Acropolis rock in Athens during US Secretary of State Colin Powell visit, 2004. The slogan on the banner is: "Don't Forget, in Najaf they slaughter civilians, in Palestine they build wall. Powel Killer Go Home".