British PM, Theresa May Congratulates Trump, Vows To Sustain Special Relationship With U.S.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, has congratulated U.S. president-elect Donald Trump after his “hard-fought’’ campaign and vowed to work with him as “a close partner on trade, security and defense.”

“I look forward to working with president-elect Donald Trump and building on our ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.

“Britain and the U.S. have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise,” May said in a statement issued in London.

In another development, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, has described the result of the U.S. election as “the start of a new era.”

He expressed hope that the outcome of the poll would help to facilitate the advancing of “fundamental rights and liberties and democracy in the world and regional developments.”

“I wish a successful future to the U.S.,” Erdogan said in Istanbul.

On his part, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey expressed hope that Trump’s victory would “open a new page” in relations with Washington.

He said that he would reiterate Turkey’s calls for the U.S. to extradite the preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for the July coup attempt.

In Nordic countries, NATO members Norway and Denmark also congratulated the U.S. president-elect on his his victory at the polls.

Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg said that Oslo aims to continue to work for good relations with the U.S. a country he described as `key to Norway’s security and economy.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Europe needs a strong U.S.

“Now that the dust has settled, I hope that the incoming administration will continue the open and constructive cooperation that has been the hallmark of the U.S. in recent years,” he said.

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