World leaders react to Biden victory: “Welcome back, America”

World leaders react to Biden victory: “Welcome back, America”

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World leaders congratulate Biden, some expressed relief at Trump’s loss

World leaders rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on winning a nail-biting US presidential election as soon as the U.S. media declared his victory.

The prime minister of the United Kingdom and Canada were among the first world leaders to break the silence. The messages of congratulations soon poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world. The European leaders particularly expressed hope, considering Biden’s victory a fresh start after years of strained ties under Donald Trump’s administration.

United Kingdom

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.”

Germany

“Congratulations!” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet.

Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he looks forward to working with Biden, Harris and the incoming administration. “Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal connections, and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners, and allies,” Trudeau said in a statement.

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!” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted Saturday, in one of the more enthusiastic responses to Biden’s victory.

Israel

Israel Prime Minister and close Donald Trump ally Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Biden, calling the United States president-elect “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 wrote on Twitter, referring to Biden and running mate Kamala Harris.

 

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