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EUR: Merkel congratulates Obama on 'historic' White House win

05 Nov 2008 6:32 PM
EUR: Merkel congratulates Obama on 'historic' White House win

BERLIN, Nov 5 AFP - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Barack Obama on his "historic victory" in the race to the White House, while stressing in a statement her commitment to the transatlantic partnership.

"I congratulate you on your historic victory in the presidential election,"she said.

"Be assured that my government is fully aware of the importance and of the worth of our transatlantic partnership," she said, adding that she hoped Obama would soon visit Germany.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and President Horst Koehlerhad also earlier congratulated Obama.

"America has voted for change, both in domestic and foreign politics," Steinmeier told the press, adding that he looked forward to working with him.

Obama can count on Germany as a "trustworthy partner and long-time friend",Koehler said for his part in a statement.

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