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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:38

World Leaders Chime In Featured

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Having openly endorsed Hillary before the election. French leader, Francois Hollande, said “it's a time of uncertainly for relations between Europe and the US.”
Other world leaders immediatley chimed in as news of Trump’s victory spread.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Trump on being elected the United States’ 45th President. “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”
The U.K.’s new Prime Minister Theresa May said in a Facebook post. ”I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.
Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
“Brexit’s” Nigel Farage — who endorsed Trump on the campaign trail tweeted: “I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views." adding "On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation." saying “the partnership with the U.S. "is a foundation stone of German foreign policy."
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted “a Letter to congratulate @realDonaldTrump & an invite him to Europe for early summit to chart EU-US relations next 4 years “
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country will work "as closely as ever" with the United States under Donald Trump's new administration.saying "politicians and governments, congressmen, senators, prime ministers, presidents come and go according to the will of the people of Australia and the United States, but the bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared national interests are so strong, are so committed that we will continue to work with our friends in the United States."
The Vatican's Pope Francis did not mention the U.S. elections during his Wednesday audience, but secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, offered Trump congratulations in a statement to Vatican Radio that "his government can be truly fruitful." saying the Vatican offered its prayers "that the Lord illuminates and sustains him in service of his country, naturally, but also in service of the well-being and peace of the world."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes Donald Trump's election as president marks a new era in the United States that he hopes will lead to "beneficial" steps for fundamental rights, liberties and democracy in the world. Addressing a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday, Erdogan also said he hopes the election result would also be auspicious for the region. Erdogan said: "Personally and on behalf of the nation, I wish to consider this decision by the American people a positive sign and wish them a successful future."
The former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, tweeted his “Respect the will of the American people, Congratulating and wishing President-elect, @realDonaldTrump , all the success.”
The Republic of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame congratulated Trump tweeting “Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump for a well earned victory.Looking fwd to continued good relationship w/ United States&new administration”

Vladimir Putin wants Russia to restore fully fledged relations with the United States after Donald Trump’s victory, the Russian president said on state television.
(Trump) “Spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia. As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US. I repeat we understand this will be difficult but we are ready to play our part in it.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping phoned Trump to congratulate him on winning the U.S. presidency, state TV reported Wednesday. “I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Jinping said
Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said “It is important that the transatlantic bond remains strong”, he said, adding that “US leadership is as important as ever”.
Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who supported Hillary Clinton offered his congratulations to Trump “in the name of Italy” said he was convinced that the friendship between Italy and the US was strong and solid. “It’s a new political fact that along with other things demonstrates that we are in a new stage,” Renzi said. “Who would say that Trump would win? It is that way and we respect it, we will cooperate with the new American president and have a
relationship between the EU and Italy.”
And so, America moves forward, cautiously.

Al DiPasquale

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