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Germany: Looking Forward To Less Trade Friction

Bonn, 6 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - A leading German foreign policy spokesman said today he hopes U.S. President Bill Clinton's re-election would lead to better trade relations between the United States and the European Union.

Karl Lamers told German Radio the entire European Union opposed a U.S. law that punishes foreign companies for trading with Cuba, Iran and Libya. He said the dispute over the trade would have been more difficult to solve had Republican Bob Dole won the U.S. Presidential election.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl sent a congratulatory telegram to Clinton today, saying trans-Atlantic ties remain the foundation for future security policy. Kohl says the U.S.-European partnership is firmly based on German-American friendship.

German President Roman Herzog sent a telegram of congratulations to Clinton today, saying he hops the close cooperation between the two countries would continue. German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel also congratulated the U.S. president on what Kinkel called "a phenomenal election victory."