Verhofstadt hails the Chief
4 November 2004, BRUSSELS – Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has offered his “most sincere congratulations” to U.S. President George W. Bush on winning a second term in office, it was reported Thursday.
4 November 2004
BRUSSELS – Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has offered his “most sincere congratulations” to U.S. President George W. Bush on winning a second term in office, it was reported Thursday.
In a statement released to the Belgian press Wednesday afternoon, Verhofstadt said that the confidence expressed by the American people in Bush’s leadership “will undoubtedly be a profound force for bringing peace and prosperity to everyone.”
He went on to reiterate the wish for a “strong relationship” between the United States and the 25-nation European Union, and in particular with Belgium.
“Our historic friendship and our common heritage should inspire us to act on behalf of a world that is peaceful and just,” he said.
Separately, European Commission president Romano Prodi offered his own congratulations to Bush, who was re-elected with 51% of the popular vote compared to 48% for Democratic contender U.S. Sen. John Kerry.
“My warm congratulations to President Bush on his re-election after a difficult ballot whose outcome was far from sure,” Prodi said in a statement released Wednesday.
“I hope his second term will see the United States and the whole world enjoy the political stabilisation and the guarantee of collective security we have all done our utmost to ensure.”
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject : Belgian news