Obama leaves for France after busy Germany visit

June 6th, 2009 - 3:04 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Ramstein (Germany), June 6 (DPA) US President Barack Obama flew Friday evening from the US airbase in Ramstein, ending a busy day of activities in Germany.
Numerous American families were on hand to wave farewell to Obama as he boarded Air Force One for his flight to Paris.

Obama had wound up his day in Germany by visiting wounded American soldiers at the US military hospital in nearby Landstuhl. The visit with the soldiers wounded in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan took place privately, with no media in attendance.

The US president had arrived in Germany late Thursday evening from Cairo, where he held a landmark speech making a call for a better dialogue between the US and the world’s 1.5 million Muslims.

On Friday, he toured the historic eastern German city of Dresden and also met there with Chancellor Angela Merkel, before proceeding to the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald which was liberated by US soldiers in April 1945 in the waning days of World War II.

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