The Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), Antonio López-Istúriz has expressed his sadness at the passing of former International Republican Institute President, Lorne W. Craner:

 On this sad day, I remember fondly the privilege of having known Lorne W. Craner. We cooperated on many engagements between IRI and EPP as part of his lifelong commitment to the transatlantic partnership and values-based American leadership abroad. The bonds of friendship and cooperation forged by Lorne W Craner and late EPP President Wilfired Martens continue today in the close relationship that exists between IRI and EPP.

With the transatlantic partnership facing unprecedented challenges, Lorne W. Craner’s achievements should remind us of our shared history and inspire us to safeguard this special relationship into the future. He was a strong believer in the US and Europe serving as natural allies and partners in a changing world.