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BRUSSELS – The NATO military alliance welcomed Barack Obama’s U.S. election victory Nov. 5 underlining that tighter transatlantic cooperation was essential to combat the world’s security problems.

“The transatlantic link, based upon the shared values on which our alliance was founded almost 60 years ago, remains essential,” NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said in a statement.

“Today’s security challenges require an ever stronger cooperation and solidarity between allies, and I look forward to the role the United States will continue to play in this regard under president-elect Obama’s leadership.”

The United States is the most powerful and influential member of the world’s biggest military alliance, and has been pushing its European partners to commit more troops to the fight against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

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