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Reaction to Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election poured in Saturday from world leaders expressing everything from congratulation to the president-elect to relief at President Trump’s defeat.
The statements came after the AP news agency called elections for Biden and there was no concession from Trump, who soon declared victory and sought to halt the vote count in several key states.
US allies such as Britain, France, Germany, the EU and Ukraine were among those congratulating the Biden-elect and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he looked forward to working with Biden, Harris and the upcoming administration.
“Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal relationships and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners and allies,” Trudeau said in a statement. Father.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Harris on the historic victory of Harris as the first woman to be elected vice president, praising the relationship between Germany and the United States.
“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we master the great challenges of our times,” Ms. Merkel said.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have much more to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”
Macron tried to develop a working relationship with Trump during the president’s 2017 visit to France. But leaders kept an eye on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal: Trump pulled the United States out of both.
Ukrainians President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Twitter that his country is “optimistic about the future of a strategic partnership” with the US. An alleged US attempt to provoke Ukraine over military funding has been at the heart of Trump’s impeachment.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also released a statement about Biden’s election.
“I know Joe Biden is a strong supporter of our Alliance and look forward to working closely with him. A strong #NATO will be good for both North America and Europe,” Stoltenberg tweeted.
Trump has voiced criticism of NATO, which he called “obsolete” at one point. But he has also shown some enthusiasm for it.
In the Middle East, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, tweeted that he looks forward to working with the Biden administration “to further strengthen the friendship between our countries.” Trump was seen siding with Saudi Arabia in 2017, during a rift between other Gulf states against Qatar.
Congratulations and best wishes to Biden and Harris also come from some of the leaders who have been Trump’s closest international allies.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who once had a close relationship with Trump, repeated the sentiments of other European leaders as he looked to the future.
“The US is our key ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,” Johnson said in a statement. on Twitter.
Days ago, a spokesman Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was confident he could establish “equally warm personal relations” with Biden as he did with Trump.
Duterte was openly rooted with Trump during his campaign, and he had a bad relationship with former President Obama because of his criticism of Mr. Duterte’s bloody drug war.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – a right-wing nationalist who calls Trump a best friend – said Biden’s job as vice president was “important and invaluable” to strengthening India’s relationship. -America.
Modi also praised Vice President-elect Harris, whose Indian heritage endorsed her mother. He called her success “breakthrough and immense pride” for Indian Americans.
“I am confident that the vibrant relationship between India and the United States will become even stronger with your support and leadership,” Modi tweeted.
Best regards @KamalaHarris! Your success is a breakthrough and a great pride not only for your chittis but also for all Indian Americans. I am confident that the vibrant relationship between India and the United States will continue to strengthen with your support and leadership.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi – whom Trump once called “my favorite dictator” – was one of the first Arab leaders to congratulate Biden. The Trump administration has removed previously imposed bans on military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns.
But while most of the world leaders praised Biden’s victory, others celebrated Trump’s defeat.
Of Iran The state news agency quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying that the US now has to correct “the wrong approach towards Iran in the past three years”.
In his comments, Rouhani clearly mentioned the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which called for easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s withdrawal of the chapter. submit your kernel. Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2018 and has since reintroduced multiple rounds of sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani said the people of Iran had stood up to America’s “economic terrorism” under Trump and that it was time for the United States to return “to respect its commitments”.
Some Palestinian leaders also expressed relief at Trump’s loss.
“America is hindered! The world needs to breathe. Trumpism must be carefully considered and overcome to restore a human, ethical, and legal balance inside and outside America,” the official said. Palestine Hanan Ashrawi wrote on Twitter.
In Gaza, the political leader of the militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, calling the Trump administration “the most extreme in favor of occupation at the cost of the national rights of the Palestinians.”
Trump was a fervent ally of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US Embassy there – although the Palestinians seek a portion of the city for their future capital.
“We urge the elected administration to abandon the so-called century deal and cancel the decision to see Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation and to move the US embassy there,” Haniyeh said in the statement.
Netanyahu has yet to release any statement regarding the results of the 2020 election. Another Trump ally, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has yet to make a public statement on the election results.
Julie McCarthy, Jane Arraf, Lauren Frayer, Peter Kenyon and Daniel Estrin of NPR all contributed to this report.