José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council issued a joint statement congratulating U.S. President Barack Obama on his defeat of Republican defender Mitt Romney.
“We have the pleasure of extending our warm congratulations to President Obama on his re-election as President of the United States of America. The United States is a key strategic partner of the European Union and we look forward to continuing the close cooperation established with President Obama over these last four years, to further strengthening our bilateral ties and to jointly addressing global challenges, including in the fields of security and economy,” read the EU statement.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney conceded defeat late Tuesday in his race against Obama for the White House. As of this writing, Obama had garnered 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 203, with the President winning 51,269,152 in the popular vote, to 51,017,342 for Romney.
“Creation of growth and jobs remains a priority for both the US and the EU and we will continue to work with President Obama to unlock the unparalleled potential of the transatlantic market,” continued the EU statement, which concluded, “We are also ready to continue our intense cooperation in foreign policy issues and in the promotion of our common values. We look forward to meeting President Obama at an early date in order to reconfirm our priorities and provide renewed impetus to our joint action.”