Croatia will continue building the partnership and allied relations with the United States, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday after Joe Biden became the President-elect of the United States on Saturday.
"According to the information we have now, I think the result is certain. We have congratulated President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris, and we will continue building the partnership and good allied relations between Croatia and the US. There are a lot of things that connect us and, of course, there is also a wider transatlantic partnership between the US and the EU," Plenkovic told the press after a meeting of the national coronavirus response team.
He said that this election had shown the "unbelievable interest" of American people to turn out for the vote.
"Nearly 145 million people participated in the democratic process, which I think is very good," he added.
Plenković was asked to comment on the fact that Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has not recognized Biden’s victory. He responded by saying: “You should ask him that."
Janša rushed to congratulate Donald Trump on his re-election on Wednesday when the vote counting was still in process and Trump appeared to be in the lead in key swing states.
Leading US media declared Biden the winner on Saturday after winning by enough of a margin in Pennsylvania to get to the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to win the election. Slovenian President Borut Pahor immediately congratulated Biden on the victory, while Janša has not yet done so, insisting that the victory was declared by the media and has not yet been certified. The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits and plans to file more to contest the results of the election.
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