Obama calls on Greece to balance growth, austerity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling on Greece to balance austerity with growth as it seeks to recover from financial crisis.

Obama spoke during an Oval Office meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (ahn-TOH’-nees sah-mah-RAHS’). He says Samaras agreed that Greece must also pursue ways to grow its economy and create jobs.

Obama commended Samaras for taking bold steps to reduce his country’s debt. The Greek prime minister says his citizens have made huge sacrifices that are “not going to be in vain.”

Greece is seeking to pull itself out of a lengthy recession but still faces massive unemployment and other economic troubles.

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