June 9, 2017 / 9:15 PM / a year ago

Trump, France's Macron call to congratulate May on election

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron called British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to congratulate her after her Conservative Party won the most seats in a national election.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron watch an Italian flying squadron as part of activities at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane De Sakutin/Pool

May, whose party fell short of winning an majority in parliament, has said she intends to lead a minority government backed by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

“French President Emmanuel Macron called to congratulate the Prime Minister, and said he was pleased that she would continue to be a close partner,” a spokesman for May’s office said in a statement.

“They agreed that the strong friendship between our two countries was important and would endure.”

The spokesman said May and Trump had also agreed to continue the close cooperation between their two countries.

Trump stressed his commitment to the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain and said he looked forward to working with May “on shared goals and interests in the years to come,” the White House said in a statement.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James; Additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham in Washington; editing by Costas Pitas and Tom Brown

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