President Barack Obama marked the 190th anniversary of Greek independence by reaffirming ties between the two countries.
In remarks at the White House, Obama on Friday noted that Greece and the United States belong to the NATO coalition that's protecting the Libyan people from forces loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mahr gah-DAH'-fee). He says soldiers from both countries also serve in Afghanistan.
Obama pointed out that America's founding fathers drew on ancient Greek principles of democracy to guide the United States in its earliest days.
In a telephone call earlier Friday, Obama congratulated Prime Minister George Papandreou (pah-pahn-DRAY'-oh) on the anniversary.