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World leaders welcome Biden with reward, pleas, and parting pictures at Trump

Among most messages was a palpable sense of aid, because the worldwide group embraced Biden’s pledge to reenter a collection of worldwide pacts and organizations that President Donald Trump minimize free.

Here’s what leaders have mentioned to this point.

“Once again, after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Wednesday, leaving no uncertainty about her verdict on Trump’s relationship with the bloc.

“This new dawn in America is the moment we’ve been waiting for so long. Europe is ready for a new start with our oldest and most trusted partner,” she mentioned within the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Trump has trashed America's most important alliance. The rift with Europe could take decades to repair

Von der Leyen mentioned Biden’s inauguration would “be a message of healing for a deeply divided nation and it will be a message of hope for a world that is waiting for the US to be back in the circle of like-minded states.”

On Twitter, she added: “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.”

Biden has signaled a hotter partnership with Europe than Trump, who steadily criticized the EU on commerce throughout his administration. His assaults on some European leaders led to frosty scenes at numerous summits.

“From our perspective, Trump saw Europe as an enemy,” a senior European diplomat instructed CNN final week. “The lasting impact of ‘America First’ is the US having fewer friends in Europe.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel additionally provided her “warmest congratulations,” including that she seems to be ahead to a “new chapter” in Germany’s relationship with the US, in response to a tweet from her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

And Germany’s President expressed aid that Biden can be sworn in Wednesday, calling it “a good day for democracy.” “In the United States, (democracy) held up against a lot of pressure,” Frank Walter Steinmeier mentioned in a press release. “Despite internal hostility, America’s institutions have proven strong — election workers, governors, judiciary, and Congress. I am relieved that Joe Biden is sworn in as President today and coming into the White House. I know that this feeling is shared by many people in Germany.”

Steinmeier additionally warned in opposition to the populist model of politics that Trump embraced. “Despite all the joy we have about today, we must not forget that populism has seduced even the most powerful democracy in the world,” he mentioned. “We must resolutely oppose polarization, protect and strengthen the public space of our democracies, and shape politics on the basis of reason and facts.”

French President Emmanuel Macron marked the day with a tweet welcoming the US again into the Paris local weather settlement. “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,” Macron mentioned.

Biden will signal a slate of govt actions within the Oval Office on Wednesday, together with one to rejoin the Paris Agreement.


Hours earlier than the inauguration, Beijing expressed hope that Biden would “look at China rationally and objectively” to restore “serious damage” in bilateral ties attributable to the Trump presidency.

“In the past four years, the US administration has made fundamental mistakes in its strategic perception of China … interfering in China’s internal affairs, suppressing and smearing China, and causing serious damage to China-US relations,” overseas ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying mentioned at a press briefing Wednesday.

China asked Biden to repair "serious damage" done to the two nations' relationship.

The Biden administration ought to, Hua mentioned, “look at China rationally and objectively, meet China halfway and, in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, push China-US relations back to the right track of healthy and stable development as soon as possible.”

One of the principle planks of Trump’s overseas coverage platform has been his commerce battle with China. The Trump administration’s 11th-hour declaration that China is committing genocide in opposition to Uyghur Muslims will heighten tensions with Beijing, although Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State mentioned Tuesday that he agreed with the designation.

“If the new US administration can adopt a more rational and responsible attitude in formulating its foreign policy, I think it will be warmly welcomed by everyone in the international community,” she added.


Russia mentioned it hoped for a “more constructive” relationship between the US and Moscow as Biden took workplace.

The Russian Foreign Ministry mentioned in a press release on Wednesday that it wished to increase the landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the United States for a most stipulated five-year interval.

The US-Russia arms treaty is presently as a consequence of expire simply 16 days after Inauguration day.

“We consider it possible to prolong it only in the form in which the Agreement was signed and without any preconditions. An extension for the maximum five-year term stipulated in the Agreement looks preferable,” the Foreign Ministry mentioned in a press release launched simply after Biden was sworn in.

The assertion added that Moscow hoped for a “a more constructive approach in the dialogue with Russia and will take into account all the points mentioned above.”

It concluded: “For our part, we are ready for such work on the principles of equality and mutual consideration of interests,” the assertion concluded.

Biden has beforehand signaled that he intends to take a troublesome line in opposition to potential Russian aggression.

Antony Blinken, Biden’s choose to guide the State Department, mentioned Tuesday that Biden intends to hunt an extension of the New START Treaty, however instructed he has not decided on the size of the extension.

Middle East

Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, known as on Biden to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and raise US sanctions on Iran, overturning a key a part of Trump’s overseas coverage program.

“The ball is in the US’ court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact,” Rouhani mentioned in a televised cupboard assembly.

Iran's Rouhani hopes Biden will return to Obama-era nuclear deal as he dubs Trump a 'tyrant'

He additionally launched a scathing assault on the outgoing President. A “tyrant’s era came to an end and today is the final day of his ominous reign,” Rouhani mentioned of Trump’s departure. “Someone for whom all of his four years bore no fruit other than injustice and corruption and causing problems for his own people and the world.”

Biden has mentioned he plans to return to the nuclear cope with Iran, which was signed when he was Barack Obama’s Vice President. Biden’s nationwide safety aides have instructed they want additional negotiations on Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities, although Rouhani has mentioned the missile program is non-negotiable.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif notably didn’t congratulate President Biden or Vice President Harris. Zarif did say that he hoped the pair may study from what he described because the Trump administration’s errors.

“Trump, Pompeo & Co. are relegated to the dustbin of history in disgrace,” Zarif mentioned on Twitter Wednesday, shortly after the inauguration ceremony. “Perhaps new folks in DC have learned.”

Netanyahu and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in November.

Elsewhere within the area Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Biden and Harris on what he known as their “historic inauguration,” and reminded the brand new US chief he sees Iran as their primary problem to confront.

“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 mentioned in a video assertion.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas additionally congratulated the pair Wednesday and careworn his willingness to proceed with the peace course of.

“We look forward to working together for peace and stability in the region and the world,” he mentioned in a letter to Biden, the official Palestinian information company Wafa reported.

In the letter, Wafa stories, Abbas “affirmed his readiness for ‘a comprehensive and just peace process that would achieve the aspirations of the Palestinian people in freedom and independence.'”

The Palestinian Authority broke political ties with the United States in December 2017 after then-President Trump acknowledged Jerusalem because the capital of Israel, with President Abbas declaring the US may not be an sincere dealer in peace talks.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II additionally welcomed Biden to the world stage.

“Warmest congratulations to [Joe Biden] on his inauguration today. We highly value our strategic partnership and enduring friendship with the United States, and we look forward to working with you in pursuit of global peace and prosperity,” the monarch mentioned on Twitter.

United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was wanting ahead to a detailed relationship with Biden’s administration.

“In our fight against Covid and across climate change, defence, security and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are the same and our nations will work hand in hand to achieve them,” Johnson mentioned in a press release Tuesday.

Boris Johnson will hope to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with Biden's administration.

Johnson warmly welcomed Trump on his visits to the UK, with Trump as soon as claiming that the Prime Minister was nicknamed “Britain Trump.” But the outgoing US chief was unpopular amongst Britons, and Johnson shall be eager to safe a post-Brexit commerce cope with Biden.

The new President may find yourself making two journeys to the UK in 2021, with Johnson saying he seems to be ahead to welcoming him to the G7 summit and to the hotly anticipated 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. “Only through international cooperation can we truly overcome the shared challenges which we face,” Johnson mentioned on Tuesday.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was extra blunt in her remarks within the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. Sturgeon wished Biden and Kamala Harris properly, including: “I’m sure many of us across the chamber and across Scotland will be very happy to say cheerio to Donald Trump today.”

“I think ‘don’t haste ye back’ might be the perfect rejoinder to him,” she added.

Queen Elizabeth additionally despatched a non-public congratulatory message forward of the inauguration to Biden, a royal supply mentioned Wednesday.

The letter’s content material was not disclosed, however the transfer does observe precedent. The monarch usually congratulates fellow heads of state at their inauguration.


Shortly after Biden swearing-in, Canadian chief Justin Trudeau mentioned he would work with the brand new US President “to make our countries safer, more prosperous, and more resilient.”

“Canada and the United States enjoy one of the most unique relationships in the world, built on a shared commitment to democratic values, common interests, and strong economic and security ties,” he mentioned. “Our two nations are greater than neighbours — we’re shut associates, companions, and allies.

“Canada and the United States have labored side-by-side to deal with among the biggest challenges we’ve got confronted in our historical past,” Trudeau additionally mentioned.

Latin America

Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, wished Biden properly forward of his inauguration on Wednesday.

During his each day briefing, López Obrador outlined three themes as key areas of the bilateral relationship with the US. “Those three themes are essential: pandemic, financial restoration and migration,” he mentioned.

López Obrador additionally mentioned Biden ought to take steps to settle the immigration standing of Mexicans working within the US.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, extensively thought-about a Trump ally, took to Twitter to congratulate the incoming US chief.

“I salute Joe Biden because the 46th President of the USA,” Bolsonaro wrote.

“The relationship [between Brazil and the US] is lengthy, strong and primarily based on greater values such because the protection of democracy and particular person liberties. I proceed dedicated and able to work in the direction of the prosperity of our nations and the well-being of our residents.”

Bolsonaro mentioned he had written Biden a letter “congratulating him for his inauguration and explaining my imaginative and prescient for a wonderful future for the Brazil-US relationship.”

Ecuador’s chief Lenin Moreno was notably enthusiastic in his properly needs.

“It is a superb day for the United States,” he wrote on Twitter. “Democracy triumphs, respect for the desire of the individuals prevails, and people ideas are strengthened in all of the nations of the area.”

The leaders of Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia additionally congratulated Biden and Harris.

The Vatican

The Vatican revealed Pope Francis’ message to President Joe Biden, the United States’ second Catholic President, following his inauguration.

“On the event of your inauguration because the forty-sixth President of the United States of America, I prolong cordial good needs and the reassurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you knowledge and power within the train of your excessive workplace,” the message says.

“Under your management, might the American individuals proceed to attract power from the lofty political, moral and non secular values which have impressed the nation since its founding.

Pope Francis prayed for Biden to help build "a society marked by authentic justice and freedom.:

“At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice,” the Pope wrote.


In a collection of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided his “warmest congratulations” to US President Joe Biden. Modi mentioned he seems to be ahead to working with Biden and “to strengthen (the) India-US strategic partnership.”

“The India-US partnership is based on shared values,” he wrote. “We have a substantial and multifaceted bilateral agenda, growing economic engagement and vibrant people to people linkages. Committed to working with President @JoeBiden to take the India-US partnership to even greater heights.”


NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg known as Biden’s inauguration “the start of a new chapter for the transatlantic Alliance.”

“U.S. leadership remains essential as we work together to protect our democracies, our values and the rules-based international order,” he mentioned.

“NATO Allies need to stand together to address the security consequences of the rise of China, the threat of terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a more assertive Russia.”

CNN’s Ramin Mostaghim, Eleanor Pickston, Luke McGee and Stephanie Halasz contributed.

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