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Joe Biden is due to be sworn in as President of the United States, following his election victory over Donald Trump last year.

Here are some of the global responses to Wednesday’s transfer of power in Washington, DC. This list will be updated as feedback from leaders around the world streams in.

United Kingdom

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he looks forward to working with the new president.

“I can’t wait to work with him [Biden], and with his new administration, strengthen the partnership between our countries and work on our common priorities: fighting climate change, rebuilding better after the pandemic and strengthening our transatlantic security, ”said Johnson.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson [Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout/Reuters]

Germany

In a video statement, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Biden taking the helm was a “good day for democracy.”

“In the United States of America, it [democracy] faced enormous challenges – and endured. Despite attempts to tear apart the institutional fabric of America, election officials and governors, the judiciary and Congress have proven to be strong, ”he said.

European Union

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the United States was “back”.

“Europe is ready. To reconnect with a former trusted partner, ”she wrote on Twitter.

Italy

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he was “looking forward” to working with Biden’s presidency.

“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,” Conte said.

Iran

President Hassan Rouhani hailed the departure of “tyrant” Trump, who in 2018 reimposed punitive sanctions against Iran following Washington’s unilateral decision to withdraw from a historic nuclear deal signed between Tehran and the powers worldwide in 2015.

“The era of a tyrant has come to an end and today is the last day of his ominous reign,” said Rouhani.

“We are waiting [the Biden administration] get back to the law and commitments, and try over the next four years, if they can, to remove the stains from the past four years.

NATO

NATO has said it hopes to strengthen transatlantic relations under Biden.

“We look forward to working with President-elect Joe Biden to further strengthen the ties between the United States and Europe, as we face global challenges that neither of us can tackle alone,” wrote the military alliance leader Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter.

Russia

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia will seek “good relations with the United States”, but whether or not the United States works towards the same goal “will depend on Mr. Biden and his team”.

Peskov said President Vladimir Putin had “systematically” called for the preservation of a historic nuclear weapons treaty and that it was now up to Washington to preserve the pact.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov [File: Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters]

France

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Biden’s pledges to join the World Health Organization (WHO) – which is leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic – and the Treaty of Paris on the climate are “extremely important” after Trump’s withdrawal.

“We look forward to building a strong, useful and renewed relationship with President Biden,” Attal said after a cabinet meeting. “We have colossal goals and challenges to tackle together.”

Spain

Spokesman for Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Biden’s victory represents the victory of democracy over the far right.

“Five years ago, we believed without [a] doubts Trump is a bad joke. Five years later, we realize that he has endangered the most powerful democracy in the world.

Mexico

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he shares Joe Biden’s political priorities and wishes him every success ahead of his inauguration.

“I agree with his three main approaches… (fight against) the pandemic, economic reactivation and migration. And of course, wishing President Biden to do very well in his administration, ”he told reporters.

Lopez Obrador added that he hopes for a smooth and peaceful inauguration ceremony for the Democrat [File: Mexico’s Presidency/Handout via Reuters]



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