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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Unified Europe 'good' for the US, says Obama

A strong and unified Europe is "good" for the United States and NATO is "absolutely vital" for US security and prosperity, US President Barack Obama said as he launched his final European trip.


The US president this morning arrived in Greece, where he is holding talks with the country's leaders.

"We believe a strong, prosperous and unified Europe is not only good for the people of Europe but good for the world, and good for the United States," he told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens.

He added that the trans-Atlantic relationship is "the cornerstone of our mutual security as well as prosperity".

Mr Obama will seek to calm the nerves of allies concerned by Donald Trump's shock presidential election victory, especially as the US President-elect has downplayed the importance of the NATO military alliance.

Mr Obama stressed that NATO "is something that provides significant continuity even as we see a transition of government in the United States".

"Across Democratic and Republican administrations there is a recognition that the NATO alliance is absolutely vital," he said.
 [rte.ie]
15/11/16

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