Droutsas: Libya, EU summit discussed in Obama-Papandreou talks

Developments in Libya were the main issue discussed in talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, according to Greece's foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas.

In an interview with the state television channel NET on Saturday morning, Droutsas said the issue of what would happen next and what role Greece might play due to its strategic significance in the region dominated their discussion.

Pointing out that the Greek prime minister had called for continuing diplomatic efforts at the international meeting on Libya held in Paris, Droutsas said that all sides recognised Greece's special position and also the potential role that the prime minister might play. He referred to the good relations that Greece maintains with both the Arab world, Israel but also Turkey, in this regard.

Another important issue covered in the Obama-Papandreou phone conversation were the decisions at the European Council, with Obama asking to be briefed by Papandreou and once again acknowledged the efforts being made by Greece and its people to exit the crisis.

Referring to a meeting on Libya that will take place in London next Tuesday, with the participation of NATO member-state and Arab foreign ministers, Droutsas said that Greece would be presenting its own positions and proposals for the "following day".

White House on Obama telephone call to Papandreou

The White House issued a readout on Friday of US President Barack Obama's telephone call to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou earlier in the day.

"President Obama called Prime Minister Papandreou today (Friday) to congratulate him and the Greek People on the 190th anniversary of Greek independence," the statement said.

"The two leaders discussed developments in North Africa and their support for the Libyan people. The President noted Greece’s solidarity as a NATO ally and the critical role NATO will be playing in implementing UNSCR 1973. He thanked Prime Minister Papandreou for Greece’s important support of coalition operations to enforce the resolution," it added.

"The President also recognized the Prime Minister’s leadership in implementing an ambitious economic reform program. President Obama and Prime Minister Papandreou agreed that the United States and Greece would continue to consult closely as events unfold across the Middle East and North Africa," the readout concluded.

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