U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by Spain's King Felipe (R) at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
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Barack Obama embarked on a shortened but symbolic first presidential trip to Spain Sunday, saying his crisis-hit ally had turned the economic corner.Speaking in Warsaw just before Air Force One departed for Spain, Obama insisted the country's divisions were overplayed.Obama, who was greeted on arrival at Torrejon Air Base by King Felipe, will visit a U.S. and Spanish Naval Station at Rota, in southern Spain, addressing U.S. personnel who have been stationed at the mouth of the Mediterranean since a deal with Spain's former dictator Francisco Franco.Obama's visit comes as Spain remains mired in a months-old political crisis, with two general elections resulting in no clear victor.Obama has a positive note for Spaniards who have suffered years of grinding economic hardship.
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