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President Obama calls PM Tsipras to congratulate and offer support

US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Wednesday afternoon to congratulate him on his election victory. “The United States will stand to help Greek government to escape the politics of austerity,” the US President assured the new Prime Minister of Greece and that “this  support will be expressed in practice through cooperation between the Ministries of Finance of both countries.”
Obama noted that “Europe must escape the austerity policies, something that the USA did, and adopt a strong development agenda.”
Barack Obama advised Alexis Tsipras “to take a rest after the elections campaign because you will need strength later.” Tsipras reportedly replied that this was “difficult given the circumstances.” It is difficult, given the circumstances, the Greek Prime Minister replied.
Obama expressed confidence that Tsipras will manage also to take a rest and told him  further: “I also started young but now my hair has turned grey.”
 

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2 comments

  1. To Keeptalkinggreece: Such statement from Obama would be a great success of Mr Tsipras. But : I cannot find a similar statement in English except Keeptalkinggreece and 3 places. In Greek it is pretty popular, also on huffingtonpost.gr etc.
    It can be a false notice, it is worth to verify whether it is really sure. I doubt because of diplomatic context – it would be a stance for Tsipras and against ECB , IMF , Merkel etc. stated bluntly – which is not very probable, I mean diplomatically.
    I am not writing it is for sure not true, but I have doubts. White House says only this :
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/28/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-alexis-tsipras-greece

  2. Barack Obama advised Alexis Tsipras “to take a rest after the elections campaign because you will need strength later.”

    I think the message is a joke.