(Lusa/ANA) - The president of Portugal said on Monday that Portugal agrees with Greece about the essential points of the future of the European Union (EU) and understands and supports the ?Greek example? regarding the acceptance of refugees.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was speaking at a reception for the Portuguese community in Greece at a hotel in Syntagma square in the centre of Athens.

"The Portuguese constitution talks about human dignity and we take this constitutional demand very seriously: to respect all people, wherever they come from, whoever they are. And that is our position about migration and refugees", he said.

Earlier in his speech, the president said that Portugal and Greece have a ?common view on very sensitive points regarding the future of the EU which he believed would become crucial in the coming months and years.

"Portugal and Greece agree on essential facets of what is going to be discussed", he said.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that there were cases that are obvious, such as what is happening with migrations and refugees, but there are also common positions in other areas such as the conclusion of the Economic and Monetary Union, the multi-annual financial framework and the EU’s internal and external political and institutional position.