Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States and says he looks forward to continuing their ‘excellent’ working relationship, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday.
‘Congratulations to president Barack Obama on his re-election after an extremely exciting race,’ Rutte said in a statement from Istanbul, where he is leading a trade mission.
‘The Netherlands looks forward to continuing the excellent alliance with the Obama administration in a number of areas over the next four years.’
Referring to the trade and investment relationship between the two countries, Rutte said: ‘We want that to grow further in the future. The Netherlands will therefore put effort into establishing a free trade agreement between the US and the European Union’.
Foreign minister Frans Timmermans also sent his best wishes to the president. ‘In a changed world, the trans-Atlantic relationship is an anchor. The Netherlands and its partners will continue to invest in this,’ ANP quoted the new minister as saying.
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