Athens security cranked up as Obama program finalized

Athens security cranked up as Obama program finalized

As Greek authorities make the finishing touches to a complex security effort mounted for a visit on Tuesday and Wednesday by outgoing US President Barack Obama, details of the leader's visit were revealed.

Due to arrive at Athens International Airport on Air Force One late on Tuesday morning, Obama is to meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at 1.30 p.m. followed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras directly afterwards.

The two leaders are to deliver a joint media conference at 4 p.m. where Obama is expected to express his support for Greece as regards debt relief while underlining the need for the reform effort to progress.

He is also expected to refer to the need for bilateral cooperation a range of issues including in the fight against terrorism.

At 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday Obama is to be the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Pavlopoulos.

On Wednesday, the outgoing US President is to deliver a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center before departing for Berlin.

Aircraft bearing Obama's security detail and special armored vehicles in which he and they will be traveling were flown in to Elefsina airport over the weekend.

Thousands of Greek police officers will be on duty for his visit and hundreds of American agents. 

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