President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Greece on the eve of their Independence Day.

In a message to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, he said, "On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency and to the people of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) on the occasion of your Independence Day.

"India and the Hellenic Republic enjoy excellent relations based on our common commitment to shared values and our cultural ties that go back into antiquity," Mukherjee said, according to an official release.

Both India and Greece seek to consolidate and strengthen their cooperation and take it to a higher level, he said, adding, "I am confident that our bilateral relationship will continue to flourish for the mutual benefit of our two peoples in the years to come." 

"I would also like to take this opportunity to convey my best wishes for Your Excellency’s well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Hellenic Republic," he said.