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World leaders congratulate Joe Biden

Indian PM Narendra Modi with Joe Biden
Indian PM Narendra Modi with Joe Biden

Reactions to Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election poured in Saturday from world leaders expressing everything from congratulations for the president-elect to relief at President Trump’s defeat.

The statements came after The Associated Press called the election for Biden and without a concession from Trump, who prematurely declared victory and has sought to halt ballot counting in several key states.

Among the first came from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who issued a measured statement in response to incumbent Donald Trump’s presidential loss.

Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship – one that is unique on the world stage,” read his official statement. “Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal connections, and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners, and allies. We will further build on this foundation as we continue to keep our people safe and healthy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and work to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Harris’ historic win as the first woman to be vice president-elect, and praised the relationship between Germany and the United States.

“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time,” Merkel said.

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!”

Macron had tried to develop a working relationship with Trump during the president’s 2017 visit to France. But the leaders failed to see eye to eye on the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal: Trump withdrew the U.S. from both.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Twitter that his country “is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership” with the United States. An alleged U.S. attempt at a quid pro quo with Ukraine over military funding was at the center of Trump’s impeachment.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also offered a statement on Biden’s election.

“I know Joe Biden as a strong supporter of our Alliance & look forward to working closely with him. A strong #NATO is good for both North America & Europe,” Stoltenberg tweeted.

Trump has been a vocal critic of NATO, which he called “obsolete” at one point. But he has also shown some enthusiasm for it. In the Middle East, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, tweeted that he looked forward to working with a Biden administration “to continue strengthening the friendship between our countries.” Trump was seen as siding with Saudi Arabia in 2017 during a rift that pitted other Gulf States against Qatar.

Congratulations and well wishes to Biden and Harris also came from some leaders who have been Trump’s closest international allies.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has had a cozy relationship with Trump, echoed other European leaders’ sentiments as he looked toward the future.

“The US is our important 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 posted to Twitter.

Days ago, a spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was confident he could establish “equally warm personal relations” with Biden as he did with Trump.

Duterte openly rooted for Trump during the election, and he had a remarkably poor relationship with former President Barack Obama over his criticisms of Duterte’s bloody drug war.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — a right-wing nationalist who calls Trump a close friend — said Biden’s work as vice president had been “critical and invaluable” to strengthening the India-U.S. relationship.

Modi also praised the vice president-elect, who has Indian heritage through her mother. He called Harris’ success “pathbreaking and a matter of immense pride” for Indian-Americans.

(NPR)