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WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Secretary of State, speaking for President Barack Obama, has sent congratulations as Greece readies to celebrate its 194th Independence Day anniversary.

“Our two nations are united by shared values like democracy, freedom, and liberty; all first articulated in the agoras of ancient Greece,” said Kerry.

He added: “As NATO Allies and transatlantic partners, we have fought for these values against all threats to our ways of life, including the forces of tyranny, fascism, and terrorism.”

Kerry went on: “Men and women from Athens to Kalamata have also forged a rich tradition on American soil, including in my home state of Massachusetts. Thousands of Greek-Americans raise their families in my hometown of Boston.”

He also noted one of the bastions of Greeks migration to the United States a century ago. “They helped build American industry in the factories of Lowell along the Merrimack River. And they’ve strengthened our democracy as elected officials, having occupied the Governor’s suite in the State House and the U.S. Senate seat I once held in Washington, D.C.

“On this joyous occasion, I wish all people of Greece peace and a return to prosperity,” he concluded.

Source: The National Herald
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