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One president of a nation met an ambassador of other nation who was invited to the nation, And the president said to the ambassador, "You're (very) welcome."

Of course "welcome" has the meaning of "to receive with a warm greeting " but "you're welcome" is also the answer to "thank you".

What you think of the president's words?? How does it sound?What could be better expression in that situation?
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In writing, it's admittedly ambiguous, but when spoken under the two different circumstances, the inflections would be quite different. There would be no confusion.

Was this originally said in English? - by a native English speaker?

"I / We welcome you to our country," would be unambiguous.

- A.
Avangi , thanks for your reply..
I'll give you more information to help you to understand the situation.

the president: Non Native English Speaker
ambassador : Native English Speaker

the situation:
as soon as the president saw the ambassador , the president spoke in English ("You're very welcome.") especially smiling at the ambassador...^^
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Under those circumstances, the President might not use the natural inflection, and it might sound like the response to "Thank you."
Hi,

One president of a nation met an ambassador of other nation who was invited to the nation, And the president said to the ambassador, "You're (very) welcome."

Of course "welcome" has the meaning of "to receive with a warm greeting " but "you're welcome" is also the answer to "thank you".

What you think of the president's words?? How does it sound?What could be better expression in that situation?

Do you really think the Ambassador did not understand the intended meaning?

The President could have said many other things, eg Welcome to China.

Clive
Clive, thanks for your reply.

I'm sure the ambassador would have considered it as one of welcome greetings.
I don't think there would have been someone who didn't understand the president's intention in that situation.

But what i wanna know is what is the appropriate and authentic way of greeting when the president receives his guests. ( Let's assume both president and ambassador are native English speakers here. )
Is "you're welcome" a recommended way of greeting when the pesident receives his guests? (let's assume the president didn't say anything before greeting.)
Is it okay for the president to say "you're welcome" whenever he receives his guests.
I wonder a lot about it..
I don't know how "you're welcome" sounds, not to mention connotation of words
coz I'm a non native English speaker.
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Hi,
If I were the President, 'You're welcome' wouldn't be my first choice. Probably 'Welcome to XYZ.'

Clive

"Welcome" or "You are Welcome" would not be the proper way to respond as an act of respect, I believe the President should say "Its my pleasure" or "The honor is mine" .

In the scenario being discussed, the President speaks first. He is not responding to anything.

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