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US President-Elect Donald Trump

Leaders of the European Union have invited newly-elected US President Donald Trump to a summit as soon as he can schedule one.

In a congratulatory letter to Trump over his victory at the polls, the leaders mentioned security and trade ties as reasons for the summit.

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“Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations,” wrote Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, presidents respectively of the European Council, which groups member states, and the executive European Commission.

“Only by cooperating closely can the EU and U.S. continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration,” they said.

The leaders said that “fortunately, the EU-U.S. strategic partnership was broad and deep, from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change.

“Through EU-U.S. collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“We should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable,” the EU leaders said.