- Title: Obama leaves Germany after meeting with EU leaders
- Date: 18th November 2016
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 18, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF GERMAN CHANCELLERY
- Embargoed: 3rd December 2016 12:25
- Keywords: Obama Germany departure
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00158Z11DZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: U.S. President Barack Obama ended his final official three-day visit to Germany on Friday (November 18) after agreeing with European leaders on maintaining cooperation via NATO.
Obama departed Berlin on Air Force One after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. In talks, they agreed that they needed to keep working together as part of multilateral bodies like NATO and to press ahead with the transatlantic agenda, the White House said in a statement.
Their agreement comes after the election victory of U.S. Republican Donald Trump, who said during his campaign that if Russia attacked a NATO member, he would consider whether the targeted country had met its defence commitments before providing military aid.
"The leaders agreed on the necessity of working collectively to move the transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa, as well as securing diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine," the White House said in the statement.
"The leaders also affirmed the importance of continued cooperation through multilateral institutions, including NATO," the White House added.
After the meeting at the German chancellery headed to Peru, where the Asia Pacific Summit will be held this weekend.
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