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Obama congratulates Reinfeldt on re-election

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Obama congratulates Reinfeldt on re-election
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Javier Solana, Barack Obama and José Manuel Barroso, November
11:13 CEST+02:00
US President Barack Obama called Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to congratulate him on his re-election on Friday and discuss the threat posed by Al-Qaeda and its allies to Europe.

"President Obama called Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden today to congratulate the Prime Minister on his re-election," the White House said in a short statement.

"The President thanked the Prime Minister for Sweden's leadership on a broad range of issues, including Swedish support for the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan," it added.

The leaders also discussed US and Swedish collaboration in the fight against the threat posed by Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies to Europe, the statement said.

Reinfeldt presented his new government to the Swedish parliament on Tuesday, confirming that he would govern with the minority his coalition was handed after the September 19th election. The coalition did not include the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, which entered parliament for the first time after the election.

The newly installed minority government wasted no time getting to work, announcing plans on Wednesday to present 77 motions in the next three months.

The budget proposition is set to be the most significant, incorporating a series of election manifesto pledges. One of the proposals included in the register addresses the extension of the mandate for the Swedish troops in Afghanistan, which is due to be presented on November 4th.

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