After four years of heightened tensions between President Donald Trump and key international allies, world leaders responded to news of Joe Biden’s victory in Saturday’s 2020 election with praise and congratulations.
As Vice President of 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
“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 a 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
First Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
“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
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness
President of Kazakhstan Qasym-Jomart Toqayev
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin
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
Colombia’s President Iván Duque
“Congratulations to @JoeBiden, the next female president of the United States, and @kamalaharris, the first female vice president of the United States,” Duque tweeted in Spanish. “We wish you every success in your term of office.”
President of Argentina Alberto Fernández
“I congratulate the American people on the record turnout in the elections, a clear expression of the will of the people,” he tweeted.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
Mayoress of Paris Anne Hidalgo
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
President of Peru Martín Vizcarra
“We applaud the massive turnout of the American people in the elections and congratulate @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their recent election,” Vizcarra tweeted.