US congratulates Merkel on becoming chancellor

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11 October 2005, WASHINGTON/LONDON - The United States on Tuesday congratulated Angela Merkel on becoming the next chancellor of Germany and vowed to maintain strong trans-Atlantic ties with the NATO ally. "We welcome the agreement reached yesterday and we congratulate Angela Merkel on being designated chancellor," said Edgar Vasquez, a U.S. State Department spokesman. "We have had strong relations with Germany under Chancellor Schroeder and we look forward to building on that with the new government," he

11 October 2005

WASHINGTON/LONDON - The United States on Tuesday congratulated Angela Merkel on becoming the next chancellor of Germany and vowed to maintain strong trans-Atlantic ties with the NATO ally.

"We welcome the agreement reached yesterday and we congratulate Angela Merkel on being designated chancellor," said Edgar Vasquez, a U.S. State Department spokesman.

"We have had strong relations with Germany under Chancellor Schroeder and we look forward to building on that with the new government," he said.

*sidebar1*Germany has been a close traditional ally of the United States but relations suffered when Berlin steadfastly opposed U.S. President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq. The two countries have since worked to patch up their differences.

Earlier British Prime Minister Tony Blair also extended congratulations to Germany's new chancellor, Britain's Press Association news agency reported.

"The Prime Minister congratulated Angela Merkel on her promotion and hopes later this afternoon to be able to speak with her," a spokesman for Blair was reported as saying on Monday.

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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