Nov 18, 2016 9:44 AM
The Latest: May says leaders wished Obama well in meeting
The Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's last official overseas trip (All times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she and other European leaders addressed a broad range of foreign policy issues with President Barack Obama, and all agreed upon the need to keep working together on solutions.
May says the meeting also "gave us an opportunity to thank President Obama for the contributions he's made over the years and wish him well for the future."
May's comments come after Obama's final visit to Europe as president. Speaking ahead of one-on-one talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and following the meeting with Obama and others Friday, May said the leaders were "united in our condemnation" of the violence in Syria, and agreed on the need to keep up pressure on Russia.
She says they also discussed the Islamic State, migration issues, security and other "challenges that we will deal with together by working on them collectively."
The White House says President Barack and European leaders focused their talks Friday on the need to secure a diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine.
On Syria, the White House says the leaders expressed grave concern about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. They agreed that increased attacks by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including Russia and Iran, should be immediately halted.
The White House says the leaders also are calling for humanitarian access to the city to be restored.
On Ukraine, the White House says the leaders agreed that sanctions against Russia remain in place until it meets its commitments to resolving the conflict.
Obama also urged his European counterparts to continue seeking solutions to common challenges with the incoming Donald Trump administration.
President Barack Obama has concluded his final official visit to Germany and is in route to Peru after meeting with European leaders on Friday.
Obama will now turn his focus to his final Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting.
The organization, which focuses much of its energy on improving trade relations among the 21 participating nations, is figuring out how to continue that work after a proposed free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership stalled on Capitol Hill with GOP leaders making clear it will not be considered this year.
Economic experts expect Obama will field uncomfortable questions about President-elect Donald Trump's pledges to overhaul U.S. trade policy.
President Barack Obama and key European leaders have opened their meeting on European and trans-Atlantic challenges in Berlin.
Obama is seated between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. They're joined by French President Francois Hollande, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The meeting is taking place around a circular table at Merkel's Chancellery. The leaders made no remarks as reporters were allowed in briefly to witness the start of their talks.
After the meeting, Obama will fly to Peru to attend an economic summit with Asian countries.