Fwd: WH Travel Pool Report #5

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From: "Landler, Mark" >
Date: July 9, 2016 at 4:27:42 PM GMT+2
To: "Velz, Peter" >
Subject: WH Travel Pool Report #5

President Obama has had two pull-asides at the NATO summit, as of 4:15 p.m., the first with Alexis Tsipras of Greece and the second with Angela Merkel of Germany. Here are details from a WH official:


Angela Merkel

President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland.  During the meeting, the President and the Chancellor reaffirmed the need for an orderly process to determine the future relationship between the UK and EU.  They agreed that a highly integrated UK-EU relationship is in the best interests of the? transatlantic community.  The President and Chancellor discussed migration and the September 20 Leaders' Summit on Refugees, to be held on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.  Germany will join the United States, Canada, Ethiopia, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden, and the UN Secretary General as a Summit co-hosts.  The two leaders also discussed ongoing  diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Alexis Tsipras

President Obama met today with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the margins of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland. The President recognized the progress Greece has made in addressing its economic challenges. He also encouraged Greece to continue implementing important economic reforms, and reiterated U.S. support for meaningful debt relief. The President commended Greece's cooperation with Turkey to reduce irregular migration and encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation. Finally, the President urged Greece to continue its support for negotiations on Cyprus and stressed the United States' commitment to European prosperity and security.

Mark Landler
NY Times


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