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Joe Biden speaks while flanked by Kamala Harris in Wilmington, Delaware.
After four years of heightened tensions between President Donald Trump and key international allies, world leaders responded to news of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory on Saturday with praise and congratulations.
As Vice President in the Obama administration, Biden had cultivated relationships with world leaders, and many referred to him as a “true ally” of their nations and alliances.
Many also congratulated Kamala Harris on her historic rise to elected Vice President.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Our two countries are close friends, partners and allies. We share a relationship that is unique on the world stage. I am very much looking forward to working with and building on both of you.
5:02 p.m. – November 7, 2020
“We will continue to build on this foundation to continue protecting and healthy our populations from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity and climate action around the world,” Trudeau said in one extended statement. “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice-President-elect Harris, their administration and the United States Congress to work together to address the world’s greatest challenges.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel
“Congratulations! The American people have decided. Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America. I wholeheartedly wish him luck and success and I also congratulate Kamala Harris, the country’s first elected vice president,” said Merkel Declaration in German. “I look forward to working with President Biden in the future. Our transatlantic friendship is essential if we are to tackle the greatest challenges of our time.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular win! As Vice President, your contribution to strengthening India-US relations has been vital and invaluable. I look forward to working closely again to deepen India-US relations.
6:37 p.m. – November 7, 2020
Congratulations @KamalaHarris! Your success is groundbreaking and a matter of immense pride, not just for your Chittis, but for all American Indians as well. I am confident that your support and guidance will strengthen the living relationship between India and the United States.
6:38 p.m. – November 7, 2020
First Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Congratulations from 🏴 to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris 🇺🇸
16:44 – 07 November 2020
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
I congratulate @JoeBiden on his election as the next US President and @KamalaHarris as Vice President. I know Joe Biden as a strong supporter of our alliance and I look forward to working closely with him. A strong #NATO is good for North America and Europe https://t.co/Ij3rWtNH5c
6:18 p.m. – November 7, 2020
“I look forward to working very closely with President-elect Biden, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and the new administration to further strengthen ties between North America and Europe,” said Stoltenberg, who steered the organization of the military alliance through Trump’s criticism and allegations that its members were taking advantage of the US.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis: “Congratulations to the elected US President Joe Biden. Joe Biden was a true friend of Greece and I am sure that relations between our countries will become even closer under his presidency. “
5:32 p.m. – 7 November 2020
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Congratulations to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris! #Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the #UnitedStates. 🇺🇦 and 🇺🇸 have always worked together on security, trade, investment, democracy and the fight against corruption. Our friendship only gets stronger!
18:21 – 07 November 2020
Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness
(1/2) I congratulate President-Elect and Vice-Presidents of the United States, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. America will have its first female vice president in the person of Kamala Harris, and we are proud to say she carries Jamaican heritage.
18:28 – 07 November 2020
(2/2) Her rise to this role is a monumental achievement for women around the world, and I applaud her. We look forward to working with the new administration.
18:28 – 07 November 2020
President of Kazakhstan Qasym-Jomart Toqayev
I sincerely congratulate Mr. Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States of America. Look forward to productive cooperation between our two countries in areas of mutual interest.
18:53 – 07 November 2020
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin
I want to congratulate the newly elected President of the United States. JoeBiden Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation all his life and I look forward to working with him in the years to come. I also look forward to welcoming him home, if circumstances permit! 🇮🇪 🇺🇸
16:39 – 07 November 2020
Referring to Biden’s Irish Catholic roots in his statement on Twitter, Martin said, “I look forward to welcoming him home too, if circumstances permit!”
French President Emmanuel Macron
The Americans have chosen their president. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to meet today’s challenges. Let’s work together!
6 p.m. – 7 November 2020
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their well-deserved victory. London looks forward to working with you – it’s time to build bridges again, not walls. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧
4:50 p.m. – November 7, 2020
Mayoress of Paris Anne Hidalgo
Welcome back to America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their choice! As we approach the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to work together more than ever in the face of the climate emergency. 🇺🇸 # Election2020
16:40 – 07 November 2020