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How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration

How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration

PAT. Senator Amy Klobuchar pats US President Joe Biden's shoulder during his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2021.

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'The United States is back,' tweets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Here’s how world leaders are reacting to US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, replacing Donald Trump.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a tweet:

“The United States is back. And Europe stands ready. To reconnect with an old and trusted partner, to breathe new life into our cherished alliance. I look forward to working together with @JoeBiden.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in Parliament:

“I look forward to working with him (Biden), and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic, and strengthening our transatlantic security.”

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in a video statement:

“Today is a good day for democracy. In the United States of America, it has faced tremendous challenges – and endured. Despite the attempts to tear at America’s institutional fabric, election workers, and governors, the judiciary and Congress have proven strong. I am greatly relieved that, today, Joe Biden is being sworn in as president and will be moving into the White House. I know many people in Germany share this feeling.”

Pope Francis, in a message to Biden:

“Under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical, and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding.”

“I likewise ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation, and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good.”

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, in a statement:

“As he takes the oath-of-office, I know that President Biden will feel the weight of history – the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Louth in famine times in search of life and hope.”

“I hope he will also be conscious of the great pride we in Ireland take in his immense achievement. He is one of us, part of our global family.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a public event:

“The (election) victory of Biden represents the victory of democracy over the ultra-right and its 3 methods, the massive deception, the national division, and the abuse, even violent, of democratic institutions…. Five years ago, we thought Trump was a bad joke, but 5 years later we realized he jeopardized nothing less than the world’s most powerful democracy.”

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, speaking in Parliament:

“We are looking forward to the Biden presidency, with which we will start working immediately in view of our presidency of the G20. We have a strong common agenda, ranging from the effective multilateralism that we both want to see, to climate change, green and digital transition, and social inclusion.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a tweet:

“Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people! We are together. We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement!”

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, on extending the New START Arms Control Treaty, speaking to reporters:

“Russia and its president are in favor of preserving this agreement…. If our American colleagues will in fact demonstrate a political will to preserve this pact by extending it, this can only be welcomed.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement:

Canada and the United States “will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will build back better for everyone.”

“We will also work together to advance climate action and clean economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and create good middle class jobs and opportunities for our people while contributing to democracy, peace, and security at home and around the world.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement:

“Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on your historic inauguration. President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world, and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran.”

Netanyahu’s office released a separate statement on Trump: “President Trump, thank you for all the great things you have done for Israel, especially your historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and bringing four peace agreements between Israel and the Arab world.”

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum:

“There are no regrets at the departure of Trump, as he has been the biggest source and sponsor of injustice, violence, and extremism in the world and the direct partner of the Israeli occupation in the aggression against our people.”

“US President Joe Biden must reverse the course of misguided and unjust policies against our people and lay the foundations for security and stability in the region.”

Belarus Opposition Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (exiled in Lithuania) on Twitter:

“Congratulations Joe Biden & Kamala Harris! Best wishes in your work on behalf of all United States people. Looking forward to working with you on developing relations between Belarus and US!”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, in a tweet:

“The DIPLOMATIC VANDALISM of Trump, Pompeo & co stemmed partly from a broken institutional process. But that same process-when ‘functional’-produced disasters like wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Vietnam. The world knows that only the US can fix itself – in practice; not just words.”

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in a statement:

“I look forward to working closely with President Biden and welcoming him to the NATO Summit in Brussels later this year. Our focus will be NATO2030, the initiative to make our strong Alliance even stronger and fit for the future.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in a tweet:

“Congratulations President @JoeBiden and Vice-President @KamalaHarris on your #Inauguration today. Here’s to a healthier, fairer, safer, more sustainable world!”


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