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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama's call to Greek Prime Minister Papandreou

President Obama called Prime Minister Papandreou today to congratulate him and the Greek People on the 190th anniversary of Greek independence.  The two leaders discussed developments in North Africa and their support for the Libyan people.  The President noted Greece’s solidarity as a NATO ally and the critical role NATO will be playing in implementing UNSCR 1973.  He thanked Prime Minister Papandreou for Greece’s important support of coalition operations to enforce the resolution.  The President also recognized the Prime Minister’s leadership in implementing an ambitious economic reform program.  President Obama and Prime Minister Papandreou agreed that the United States and Greece would continue to consult closely as events unfold across the Middle East and North Africa.