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Menendez, Barrasso Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Greece’s 200th Independence Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statements after the Senate unanimously adopted their resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. The bipartisan resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations’ lasting partnership and rich history of friendship. 

“Greece’s 200th independence anniversary serves not only as a reminder of our countries’ long friendship, but also as a time for us to look to build on that history and strengthen our partnership for generations to come,” Chairman Menendez said in a statement submitted to the Senate record, lauding Greece as an invaluable partner to the United States as a NATO member, as an EU member, and in promoting peace and stability in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean region. “The Eastern Mediterranean region and the world face unprecedented challenges, and growing the U.S.-Greece relationship is more critical than ever for our shared security and stability. I look forward to working with the people of Greece, and the Greek-American community, to make the vision of an even stronger U.S.-Greece relationship a reality.”

“Congratulations to the people of Greece as they celebrate 200 years of independence. I’m pleased the U.S. Senate passed our bipartisan resolution honoring this significant milestone for Greece, our strong partner and important ally,” said Senator Barrasso. “From the very beginning of Greece’s struggle for independence, Americans supported and fought alongside the Greek people. Together, our two nations continue to strive to advance the principles of liberty, freedom, and democracy. The United States looks forward to celebrating another 200 years of close cooperation and friendship.”

The resolution:

  • Recognizes the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day
  • Celebrates Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and the enduring commitment of the Greek people to democratic principles
  • Acknowledges the important role that Greece has played on the global stage in addition to the country’s strong relationship with the United States

Find the full text of the resolution HERE.

Read Senator Menendez’s full statement for the Senate Record HERE.