World leaders respond to the US election

BY ANISSA GROUT

CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR

 

Delegation of Interpol member countries attend a conference in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Indonesia is hosting the 85th Interpol General Assembly to discuss terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Delegation of Interpol member countries attend a conference in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Indonesia is hosting the 85th Interpol. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

With the election over, Donald Trump is now President-elect Donald Trump. Throughout the whole election, reactions were heard from everyone in America to around the world. World leaders gave their congratulations or statements on the final results of the election.

BBC News reported on Nov. 9, how world leaders reacted to Trump winning:

Russia

President Vladimir Putin has said he is willing fully to restore ties with the US following Mr Trump’s victory.

“It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development.”


China

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Donald Trump in a telegram, state TV reported.

“We look forward to working together with the new US administration to push forward consistent, healthy and stable China-US relations which could be beneficial to the people of the two countries and to the world.”


Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Mr Trump, saying he’s looking forward to America’s continued support in his country’s fight against Islamic State (IS).


Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani said that his country and the US are “strategic partners in the fight against terrorism and partners in development”.

“[The] Afghan government is hopeful that close co-operation [with] the new president-elect will further deepen ties between the two countries,” a statement released by the presidential palace said.”


Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that “Canada has no closer friend, partner and ally than the United States”.

“We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security,” he says.


Mexico

President Enrique Pena Nieto does not congratulate Mr Trump on his victory.

Instead, he congratulates the US “for its electoral process” and tells the president-elect that he hopes the two countries will work together to form a stronger relationship.


UK

In her message of congratulations, Prime Minister Theresa May focused on the “special relationship” between the two countries. She said that she hoped that Mr Trump’s win would mean a continuation of shared values, including “freedom, democracy and enterprise”.


France

President Francois Hollande said Mr Trump’s victory “opens a period of uncertainty”.


Germany

“The US is an old and venerable democracy,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

“I watched the election result with particular suspense. Someone elected to be president by the American people in free and fair elections has importance far beyond the USA. 

“For us Germans, other than with the European Union, we have no deeper connection than with the United States of America.”


India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in tweets said: “We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height,” he said.


Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged a continuing close relationship between the US and Japan in his congratulatory message.

“I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States,” his statement said.

“Japan and the United States are unshakeable allies connected by common values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and rule of law.”


Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he hoped Mr Trump’s victory would lead to positive steps for the Middle East and more freedom in the world.

He called Mr Trump to congratulate him and the pair spoke about cooperation on issues including fighting terrorism, the Turkish presidency said.

“I hope that this choice of the American people will lead to beneficial steps being taken for the world concerning basic rights and freedoms, democracy and developments in our region,” Mr Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.


Palestinian territories

President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Mr Trump in a statement, expressing hope that “peace will be achieved during his term.”


Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to reach “new heights” in relations with Mr Trump, who he described as “a true friend of the state of Israel”.

“I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” he said.


The United Nations

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that “in the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths”.

“I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit. Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions. As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda,” he said.

Mr Ki-moon (sic) added that “people everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good” which included the battle against climate change, advancing human rights and “promoting mutual understanding… to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all”.


The Vatican

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says the Vatican “respects the American people’s choice” and hopes that Donald Trump will “serve the wellbeing and peace of the world”.


Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ tough-talking leader, offered his “warm congratulations” to the US president-elect.

 

It seems most world leaders are willing to work with Trump and are giving him the benefit of the doubt as he prepares to enter into his term of presidency.

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