'Welcome back America!' World leaders congratulate Biden and Harris on win

'Welcome back America!' World leaders congratulate Biden and Harris on win

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People dance in celebration outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pa., after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WASHINGTON: Political leaders from around the world were quick to congratulate Joe Biden after US networks declared him the winner of the bitter White House race over President Donald Trump.

As crowds poured onto the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration and former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden's win as "decisive" and "historic", here are some of the first reactions from political figures across the globe:

IRELAND

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter and hail the Irish-American Joe Biden as "president-elect".

"I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden," the Irish leader tweeted.

"Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!" Martin added.

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CANADA

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also quick off the mark.

"I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect (Kamala) Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world's greatest challenges together," Trudeau said in a statement.

BRITAIN

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Biden "on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement".

"The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security."

FRANCE

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today's challenges. Let's work together!"

“Welcome back America !” tweeted the mayor of Paris. Referencing the Paris climate accord that Trump pulled out of, Anne Hidalgo called Biden's victory “a beautiful symbol to act more than ever together against the climate emergency".

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President-elect Joe Biden and members of his family along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and members of her family stand on stage, Nov 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

GERMANY

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Biden, saying Germany's trans-atlantic ties with the US were "irreplaceable".

And her Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hailed Biden's election as a "new start" for trans-atlantic relations.

"We want to invest in our cooperation (with the new president) for a new start in transatlantic relations, a 'new deal'," he tweeted, as Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz hailed the opening of a "new chapter".

EUROPEAN UNION

In a joint statement, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, which represents the leaders of EU member states, said: "We take note of the latest development in the electoral process.

"On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes."

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GREECE

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: "Congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden. Joe Biden has been a true friend of Greece and I'm certain that under his presidency the relationship between our countries will grow even stronger."

BELGIUM

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo tweeted: "Congratulations @JoeBiden with your election as 46th President of the United States. A record number of people have cast their vote in this election. This illustrates the vibrancy of the American political life and its democracy."

SPAIN

"The American people have chosen the 46th President of the United States. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. We wish you good luck and all the best. We are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us," said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

INDIA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Biden and Harris on the victory.

"As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights," he said on Twitter.

To Harris, who is the first woman with Indian heritage to be elected as vice president of the United States, he congratulated her "pathbreaking" success, calling it a matter of immense pride for all Indian-Americans.

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ITALY

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: "Congratulations to the American people and institutions for an outstanding turnout of democratic vitality. We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner."

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People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza to celebrate president-elect Joe Biden's win over Presisdent Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Nov 7, 2020, in Washington. (Photo: AP/Alex Brandon)

NATO

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg described Biden as a "strong supporter of our Alliance".

Stoltenberg, who often had to adapt to President Donald Trump making unexpected announcements about US troop drawdowns from NATO deployments, said in a tweet he looked forward to working with Biden.

"A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe," he said.

IRAQ

"Joe Biden (is) a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East," Iraq's president Barham Salih tweeted on Saturday.

JAPAN

"Warm congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond," Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tweeted.

MALAYSIA

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a press statement that Malaysia looked forward to strengthening its partnership with the United States.

"As a fast growing developing country, Malaysia attaches great importance to its relations with the United States," Muhyiddin said.

"Malaysia looks forward to strengthening further this partnership with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden's leadership as the international community seeks to address the many global challenges, including the disastrous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Saturday congratulated Biden for his victory in the election, saying on Twitter he was looking forward to working with his team for shared values and future relations.

ISRAEL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looked forward to working together with the new administration and strengthening the two countries' alliance.

"Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Joe, we've had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the US and Israel," Netanyahu said on his Twitter account, which still carries a photograph of him and incumbent US President Donald Trump at its head.

"Thank you @realDonaldTrump for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally, for recognising Jerusalem and the Golan, for standing up to Iran, for the historic peace accords and for bringing the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights," Netanyahu tweeted.

Source: Agencies

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