News / USA

Obama in Mexico for G20 Summit

Mexican soldiers patrol the beach of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Sunday, June 17, 2012. The G-20 summit starts in Los Cabos on Monday.Mexican soldiers patrol the beach of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Sunday, June 17, 2012. The G-20 summit starts in Los Cabos on Monday.
x
Mexican soldiers patrol the beach of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Sunday, June 17, 2012. The G-20 summit starts in Los Cabos on Monday.
Mexican soldiers patrol the beach of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Sunday, June 17, 2012. The G-20 summit starts in Los Cabos on Monday.
Kent Klein
(Los Cabos, Mexico) President Barack Obama has arrived in the resort area of Los Cabos, Mexico for a summit of the leaders of the world's most influential economies. 

Concerns among the Group of 20 about the economic crisis in Europe were eased slightly by the outcome of Sunday's elections in Greece.

President Obama's spokesman issued a statement late Sunday congratulating the Greek people for voting to keep in office a party that supports their country's economic bailout by other European nations.

A victory for the opposition could have led Greece to leave the eurozone, a move Obama and other world leaders had warned might lead to a deeper global economic crisis.

Global Economy Still Threatened

Even so, Europe's debt and banking problems still threaten the health of the world economy, and they will likely dominate the G20 meetings that start Monday in this Mexican seaside resort.

Mike Froman, President Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics, recently predicted that the summit will focus primarily on Europe, saying, “It is the dominant risk to the global economy at the moment.  And Europe is our largest trading partner and a key part of the global financial system.  And therefore, it is very important to the United States and the rest of the world as they work through their issues.”

Europe's financial woes are one factor hampering the U.S. economic recovery, which, in turn, could jeopardize Obama's reelection.

Froman says the president and other G20 leaders are anxious to learn about Europe's plans. “At Los Cabos, the G20 looks forward to hearing more from the European leaders on the progress of their efforts to stabilize their banking system and promote growth, and to hear what their vision is for taking this effort toward fiscal and financial union," he said.

US Confident in Europe's Future

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a forum at the Council on Foreign Relations last week that he and other White House officials are confident that Europe will find a solution.

“My view is that they have considered this very carefully, and they have decided it is in their interest to hold it together.  And what they say to us privately is they will do whatever is necessary to hold it together," said Geithner.

In addition to group meetings on this and other economic issues, Obama will meet one-on-one with several other world leaders.

President Obama is expected to meet Monday morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since Putin's recent return to the presidency.

Obama's deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, says the president is expected to push Putin to ease Russia's support for Bashar al-Assad's government in Syria.  Rhodes admits that the issue has been a “point of difference” between Russia and the United States.

“However, we have been working to see if we can move forward in a common position with the international community in support of a political transition within Syria.  Obviously, the United States believes that President Assad would need to step down as a part of that transition," he said.

Rhodes says, however, that President Obama appreciates Russia's help on Afghanistan and Iran.

Obama's first meeting on Monday will be with the summit's host, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose party is widely predicted to be defeated in elections on July 1.

The two presidents are expected to discuss the progress they have made on security and other issues during the past three years.

You May Like

Amnesty: EU Failing Migrants, Refugees

Rights group says migrants, refugees subject to detention, extortion, beatings More

From South Africa to Vietnam, Cyclists Deliver Message Against Rhino Horns

Appalled by poaching they saw firsthand, sisters embark on tour to raise awareness in countries where rhino horn products are in demand More

Uber Wants Johannesburg Police Protection

Request follows recent protests outside ride-hailing service's Johannesburg office More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugeesi
X
Carolyn Weaver
July 06, 2015 6:47 PM
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Video

Video 'From This Day Forward' Reveals Difficult Journey of Transgender Parent

In her documentary, "From This Day Forward", filmmaker Sharon Shattuck reveals the personal journey of her transgender father, as he told his family that he always felt he was a woman inside and decided to live as one. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.

VOA Blogs