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In the United States, Antonis Samaras “is seeking support from Barack Obama,” writes the daily I Kathimerini. On a three-day visit to Washington and New York, the Greek prime minister is to meet the US president on August 8 to discuss — among other issues — the September resumption of negotiations between Athens and the IMF-EU-ECB troika of international creditors.

In an interview with the New York Times, Greece’s Minister of Administrative Reform, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, explained that the Greek government’s margin for manoeuvre was too tight for further measures, and this will also be Samaras’ message to Obama.

The visit also marks a new start in Greek-American energy relations, with development of a joint partnership deal on the TAP gas pipeline.

In response to a request from Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis, Samaras is also expected to raise the question of the future of Cyprus with President Obama.