German chancellor congratulates Bush

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4 November 2004, BERLIN - Casting aside past differences, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Wednesday congratulated George W. Bush on his re-election as US president. "I wish you good fortune and success for the years ahead," the German leader wrote in a message sent to Bush Wednesday evening. He added, "As you enter your second term the world faces great challenges: international terrorism, the threat of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, regional crises. Also, poverty, environmental changes and

4 November 2004

BERLIN - Casting aside past differences, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Wednesday congratulated George W. Bush on his re-election as US president.

"I wish you good fortune and success for the years ahead," the German leader wrote in a message sent to Bush Wednesday evening.

He added, "As you enter your second term the world faces great challenges: international terrorism, the threat of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, regional crises. Also, poverty, environmental changes and epidemics threaten our security and stability."

He concluded, "Good cooperation will remain the cornerstone of US-German relations."

Similarly, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Germany's ARD television: "Both our countries enjoy the closest of ties that that close working relationship will continue under a second Bush administration."

Schroeder strained relations with Bush in the German chancellor's own campaign for re-election in 2002 when he said Germany would never support a US-led war in Iraq.

DPA

Subject: German news

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