Several global leaders congratulated Joe Biden after major networks declared him winner of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden’s promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated the Democrat president-elect, saying he looked forward to tackling “the world’s greatest challenges” with the new administration.
In a statement, Trudeau said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world”. Trudeau made no mention of current U.S. President Donald Trump, with whom he had an often troubled relationship.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent in congratulatory wishes, saying he looked forward to working closely on their shared priorities.
“Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement,” Johnson said in a statement.
“The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also sent his congratulations, adding that while some processes were still playing out, it was clear that Biden had won.
“It was a close contest and @realDonaldTrump fought hard,” he wrote on Twitter. “Looking forward to working with the new administration – the UK-US friendship has always been a force for good in the world.”
French President Emmanuel Macron sent in congratulatory wishes, saying he looked forward to working closely together on the current challenges being faced.
“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!”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated the president-elect, expressing hopes of continued transatlantic alliance between both nations.
“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”
Senior German ministers also congratulated the president-elect and expressed hopes for a new start and an improvement in transatlantic ties that have been seriously strained by his predecessor.
“Congratulations, Mr President-Elect,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Twitter. “Now there is a chance for a new and exciting chapter in transatlantic relations. The U.S. remains Europe’s most important and closest partner.”
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: “We look forward to working with the next U.S. administration. We want to invest in our cooperation, for a transatlantic restart and a New Deal.”
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent in their respective congratulatory messages on Twitter.
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin tweeted: “I offer warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the 46th President of the United States. Ireland takes pride in Joe Biden’s election, just as we are proud of all the generations of Irish women and Irish men and their ancestors whose toil and genius have enriched the diversity that powers America.”
“Joe Biden has always been a stalwart friend and supporter of Ireland, including of the prosperity, stability and opportunity made possible by the Good Friday Agreement, to which he has pledged his ongoing steadfast support.”
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.”
Spanish foreign minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya also sent her congratulations to the president and vice-president elect, saying she looked forward to working with them.
“Record citizen participation, strong institutions and a President-elect @JoeBiden with a first woman to ever hold the position of Vice-President @KamalaHarris. Looking toward to working together,” she wrote on Twitter.