Kudos to US President-elect Joe Biden from all over the world, Washington’s allies, especially in Europe, seeing his victory as a chance to make a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump.
As crowds rushed through the streets of Washington and other cities for an exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some of the early reactions from around the world:
“Congratulations!” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “I wish good luck and success from the bottom of my heart.
“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to overcome the great challenges of our time,” she said in a tweet posted by a government spokesperson.
His Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: “We want to invest in our cooperation (with the new president) for a new start in transatlantic relations, a ‘new deal'”, as Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz hailed the opening of a “new chapter”.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “The Americans have chosen their president. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome the challenges of today. Let’s work together!”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden “on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on his historic achievement.
“The United States is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our common priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
In a joint statement, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, who represents the leaders of the EU Member States, said: “We take note of the latest developments in the process electoral.
“On this basis, the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on achieving sufficient electoral votes.”
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as “a strong supporter of our Alliance”.
Stoltenberg, who has often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about withdrawing US troops from NATO deployments, said in a tweet that he looks forward to working with Biden.
“A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe,” he said.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice-President-elect (Kamala) Harris, their administration and the United States Congress as we tackle together to the greatest challenges in the world. “
Former US President Barack Obama hailed Biden’s victory as “historic and decisive” and called on Americans to overcome bitter divisions and “find common ground.”
“Once every vote is counted, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect (Kamala) Harris will have achieved a historic and decisive victory,” Obama, Donald Trump’s predecessor in the White House, said in a statement.
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2020
Obama acknowledged that Biden, 77, “will face a series of extraordinary challenges that no new president has ever had – a raging pandemic, an uneven economy and justice system, an endangered democracy and a climate in danger “.
“I know he will do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether they vote or not.”
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to use Twitter, tweeting: “I want to congratulate the new President-elect of the United States @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life. life and I look forward to working with him in the years to come. I also look forward to welcoming him home when circumstances permit! “
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I am confident that under his presidency, relations between our countries will grow even stronger.”
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo tweeted: “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your election as the 46th President of the United States. A record number of people voted in this election. It illustrates the dynamism of American politics and its democracy. . “
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “Congratulations to the American people and institutions for outstanding participation of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with President-elect @JoeBiden to strengthen transatlantic relations. The United States can count on the ‘Italy as a country a strong ally and a strategic partner. “
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and good luck. We look forward to cooperating with you in meeting the challenges . in front of us.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr Biden and called his running mate Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, “immense pride”.
“Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Modi tweeted.
In a separate tweet to Harris, the Prime Minister wrote: “Your success is revolutionary and is a source of immense pride not only for your chittis, but also for all Indo-Americans. “
“Chitti“Is a Tamil term of affection for his mother’s younger sisters, which Harris used to accept the Democratic nomination for vice-president.”
She is the first woman of color elected to the U.S. vice-presidency.
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