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Blair Urges Europeans to Align Closer to US


British Prime Minister Tony Blair is appealing for the United States and countries that opposed the war in Iraq to come together and settle their differences, now that President Bush has won re-election.

"The election has happened," Mr. Blair said in an interview in London, adding that "America has spoken [and] the rest of the world should listen."

Mr. Blair spoke to correspondents of The Times of London before he traveled to the European Union summit now under way in Brussels.

The British prime minister says European leaders must emerge from what he calls their "state of denial," and wake up to the fact that they will be dealing with President Bush for the next four years.

Mr. Blair says President Bush told him in a telephone conversation on Saturday (three days before the U.S. election) that he intends to use his second term in the White House "to develop an agenda of unifying Europe and America."

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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