ATHENS -- Over the past two days, well-wishing messages from leaders of several countries arrived in Greece for its 200th anniversary of the War for Independence from the Ottomans (1821). Whether addressed to specific officials as statements or posted in social media, they came from country and party leaders, ministers, and parliaments.
Greece's Independence Day on March 25 was celebrated with two-day events including a tour of the newly refurbished National Gallery of Art, a state dinner by the Greek president, and a military parade.
High-level representatives of the countries that supported Greece during its revolution were present, including from Cyprus, Russia, the UK, and France.
On Thursday, congratulations came in from Bulgaria's Foreign Affairs minister, Germany's president, ambassador in Athens, and prime minister of North Rhine-Westfalia/CDU leader, Slovenia's president, India's Foreign Affairs ministry and its Foreign minister, Britain's prime minister, Italy's president, Ukraine's president, the Netherlands' prime minister, Serbia's president, Australia's prime minister, the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Ireland's president, Norway's prime minister, France's president, the US secretary of state, and the Financial Mechanism Office (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).