World Leaders Welcome Biden Win, Seek Reset in U.S. Ties
World leaders welcomed Joe Biden’s election win with many hoping the Democratic U.S. president-elect will spur a reset in ties, bringing a renewed focus on global issues like climate change and a more collaborative approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
In hisfour years as president, Donald Trump upended decades of accepted American foreign policy. He criticized longstanding allies in Europe, withdrew from international agreements and organizations, and set aside human rights concerns to cultivate ties with more authoritarian leaders in Saudi Arabia, Hungary and Turkey.
Former Vice President Biden, meanwhile, promised a moremultilateral approach, leveraging relationships with allies in Europe and Asia. Even so, he’s expected to continue a tougher line on trade matters and will need to balance public sentiment at home, which is for America to stop shouldering so much of the burden for global defense.
Here’s a roundup of the key reaction around the world so far:
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she looked forward to working with Biden. “Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to face the greatest challenges of our time,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter by her spokesman.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meanwhile called on Twitter for a fresh start for transatlantic ties — what he called a “New Deal.”
On Thursday Maas had chided Trump, calling on him to to play by the rules and accept the result of the election. “One thing is very certain: that the next American president has a very important and outstanding task, that is to end the polarization in the country and bring society together again,” he told German television.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of the “extraordinary relationship” between the countries in his statement congratulating Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“We will further build on this foundation as we continue to keep our people safe and healthy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and work to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cited shared priorities including climate change, trade and security in sending his congratulations to Biden. He also acknowledged the election of Harris asthe first woman, the first Black person and the first Indian-American as vice president.
Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris6:49 PM · Nov 7, 2020
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