Dutch PM congratulates Trump, looks forward to "successful partnership"

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Mark Rutte (Photo: Nick van Ormondt/Wikimedia Commons). (Mark Rutte (Photo: Nick van Ormondt/Wikimedia Commons))

Prime Minister Mark Rutte congratulated Donald Trump on his projected victory in the United States election. "After a tense election campaign, the American people have spoken and decided on Donald Trump. I sincerely congratulate him on his election", Rutte said in a reaction on Facebook.

While the official vote count is not in yet, American media projects that Trump won the election. 

Rutte pointed to the cooperation between the Netherlands and United States and expressed his hope that this can continue. "As allies and like-minded partners the netherlands and the United States work closely together on a secure and prosperous world. Netherlands and the United States have long had strong historical ties. I assume that the new U.S. government will continue its cooperation with the Netherlands and the rest of the world on the basis of shared values and principles, in line with the strong American tradition."

According to the Dutch Prime Minister, this cooperation is crucial in the areas of combatting terrorism and climate change, topics Minsiter Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs also mentioned in his first reaction to Trump being elected. 

"I look forward to continuing the good cooperation with the new U.S. government."

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