British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates Trump/Photo: The Guardian

British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, vowing to work with him  as “a close partner on trade, security and defence.”

The republican candidate defeated his closest challenger Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s nail-biting election.

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“I look forward to working with president-elect Donald Trump and building on our ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.

“Britain and the U.S. have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise,” May said in a statement issued in London.

In another development, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, has described the result of the U.S. election as “the start of a new era.”

He expressed hope that the outcome of the poll would help facilitate the advancement of “fundamental rights and liberties and democracy in the world and regional developments.”

“I wish a successful future to the U.S.,” Erdogan said in Istanbul.


In Nordic countries, NATO members Norway and Denmark also congratulated the U.S. president-elect on his his victory at the polls.

Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg said that Oslo aims to continue to work for good relations with the U.S. a country he described as `key to Norway’s security and economy.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Europe needs a strong U.S.

“Now that the dust has settled, I hope that the incoming administration will continue the open and constructive cooperation that has been the hallmark of the U.S. in recent years,” he said.