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US President Barack Obama respects the choice of Scotland. - Sputnik International
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The US President, Barack Obama, has welcomed the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

WASHINGTON, September 19 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – The US President, Barack Obama, has welcomed the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

"We welcome the result of yesterday's referendum on Scottish independence and congratulate the people of Scotland for their full and energetic exercise of democracy," Obama said in a statement Friday.

"Through debate, discussion, and passionate yet peaceful deliberations, they reminded the world of Scotland's enormous contributions to the UK and the world, and have spoken in favor of keeping Scotland within the United Kingdom," Obama added.

"We have no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and we look forward to continuing our strong and special relationship with all the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as we address the challenges facing the world today," Obama said.

The Scottish independence referendum took place on September 18, with 55.3 percent of Scots voting against independence, resulting in Scotland remaining part of the UK. The independence of Scotland was supported by 44.7 percent of the population. The referendum saw a turnout of 84.59 percent.

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