German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the people who wished former Greek Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Constantine Mitsotakis a happy 95th birthday on Friday.
In her letter, Merkel said she recognized that Mitsotakis had secured “significant benefits” for Greece and had improved the standing of his party.
“For your unceasing work, you deserve respect and acknowledgment,” said the German leader.
In comments to journalists, Mitsotakis pleaded for political unity and expressed his belief that Greece would receive the assistance of its European partners.
“This is not the time to solve all our differences,” he said.