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Klaus on Obama's re-election: Continuity is good for CzechRep

ČTK |
8 November 2012

Prague, Nov 7 (CTK) - The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama will mean a certain continuity in the relations between the United States and the Czech Republic, which is a good thing, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told Czech Radio (CRo) Wednesday.

"Though it is known that my heart is beating on the right side rather than the left, I would like to congratulate President Obama," he said.

Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Klaus said he believes the relations with Obama will be good and friendly as they have been so far.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) said he wished Obama a lot of strength in his second presidential mandate.

He said the USA is one of the key partners of the Czech Republic. The two countries are NATO allies and share the same values, first of all freedom and democracy, Necas said in a written statement provided by his spokesman Michal Schuster.

Necas said he believes good and intensive relations between the Czech government and the new U.S. administration would be established after Obama's re-election.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) said he was curious about who his new U.S. counterpart would be, after Hillary Clinton announced that she would be leaving the office.

Schwarzenberg said he believed Obama would be very strong in the next two years since he was re-elected.

"We hope that he would use it for the benefit of the United States and the whole world," he said about Obama.

Under U.S. legislation, Obama cannot be elected for the third time. He thus need not be concerned about the next presidential election, Schwarzenberg said.

He said Czech diplomacy is "highly satisfied" with the state of the U.S.-Czech relations.

The opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) welcomed the second victory of the Democrat President Obama.

"It is definitely a responsible and good choice for Europe and the whole world in which the United States plays a very important role, too," CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka said.

Sobotka praised Obama for an active policy of stimulation packages that halted the decline, for reforming financial markets, stabilising the banking sector and launching the creation of new jobs.

When praising Obama, Sobotka also mentioned his healthcare reform, efforts at peaceful solutions to world conflicts and his interest in dealing with the euro zone crisis.

The opposition Communists (KSCM) said the U.S. presidential election showed that Americans wanted to continue with the social reforms that were started.

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