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Updated: July 6, 2010 08:42 IST

Obama hails Komorowski’s win

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets members of the United States Armed Forces and their families as they host an Independence Day celebration on the White House's South Lawn, Sunday, in Washington.
AP U.S. President Barack Obama greets members of the United States Armed Forces and their families as they host an Independence Day celebration on the White House's South Lawn, Sunday, in Washington.

United States President Barack Obama Monday congratulated Bronislaw Komorowski on his win in Poland’s runoff presidential elections.

Mr. Komorowski, of the centre-right Civic Platform party, gained 53.01 percent of the vote, besting opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski, of the righ-—wing Law and Justice party, official results showed Monday.

In a telephone call, Mr. Obama praised the Polish people for their “resilience and resolve” after previous president Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash along with dozens of other officials in Russia in early April, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

“The United States and Poland are close allies and partner together around the world to promote freedom, security, and prosperity,” the statement said, noting Mr. Obama thanked Poland for its contributions in Afghanistan.

Mr. Komorowski’s campaign pledges include withdrawing from Afghanistan by 2012.

Mr. Obama also invited his new Polish counterpart to visit Washington.

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