Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, his country’s point man in talks with international lenders, is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
The newspaper Kathimerini said the meeting was set as Varoufakis will be in the nation’s capital for the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, one of Greece’s creditors.
He is expected at the White House on April 16 to attend belated celebrations for the March 25th Greek Independence Day celebrations, becoming the first official from the new Radical Left SYRIZA-led government to meet with Obama.
He reportedly will have only a short time to with Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden with the US showing keen interest in Greece’s financial crisis and the European Union’s handling of the tense negotiations.
Earlier that day, Varoufakis, who has taken a low profile after irritating the EU with his combative style, is scheduled to speak at the Brookings Institution think tank on The Greek Economy and its Global Partners.
That will come just before an interview with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Eurozone at a Crossroads (Again). The two have had a taut relationship and war of words with each other.
The Spring Meetings will also be attended by former Greek finance chief and current Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras.