MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the brand new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most urgent issues, together with the COVID-19 pandemic and local weather change, require multilateral cooperation, an method his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed.
Many expressed hope Biden would proper U.S. democracy two weeks after rioters stormed the Capitol, shaking the religion of these preventing for democracy in their very own nations.
Governments focused and sanctioned below Trump embraced the possibility for a recent begin with Biden, whereas some heads of state who lauded Trump’s mix of nationalism and populism have been extra restrained of their expectations.
However the likelihood to restore frayed alliances and work collectively on world issues carried the day.
Biden “understands the significance of cooperation amongst nations,” stated former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, who left workplace in 2018. “As a matter of reality, if we don’t cooperate – all nations – to struggle local weather change, then we’ll all perish. It’s so simple as that.”
French President Emmanuel Macron additionally famous the urgency of addressing the perils of local weather change after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris local weather accord, a transfer Biden reversed within the first hours of his presidency Wednesday.
With Biden, “we might be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to construct our future. Stronger to guard our planet,” he wrote on Twitter. “Welcome again to the Paris Settlement!”
Different European allies noticed an opportunity to return in out of the chilly after strained relationships with the Trump administration.
European Council President Charles Michel stated trans-Atlantic relations have “tremendously suffered within the final 4 years” whereas the world has develop into much less secure and fewer predictable.
“We’ve our variations and they won’t magically disappear. America appears to have modified, and the way it’s perceived in Europe and the remainder of the world has additionally modified,” added Michel, whose open criticism of the Trump period contrasted with the silence that principally reigned in Europe whereas the Republican chief was within the White Home.
In Ballina, Eire, the place Biden’s great-great-grandfather was born in 1832, a mural of a smiling Biden adorned a wall within the city, the place among the president’s kin nonetheless reside.
“As he takes the oath of workplace, I do know that President Biden will really feel the burden of historical past — the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Louth in famine instances looking for life and hope,” Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin stated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who fashioned shut ties with Trump, famous a private friendship with Biden and stated he seemed ahead to working collectively to additional strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has accused Trump of unfair bias towards Israel with insurance policies like shifting the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, expressed hope for a extra even-handed method from Biden. He urged “a complete and simply peace course of that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian individuals for freedom and independence.”
In Latin America, Biden faces instant challenges on immigration, and the leaders of the 2 most populous nations — Brazil and Mexico — have been chummy with Trump. The Trump administration additionally expanded painful sanctions in opposition to governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s authorities urged dialogue with the Biden administration, whereas hoping the brand new president abandons the avalanche of damaging sanctions Trump imposed to aim a regime change.
Some Venezuelans, nevertheless, like retired accountant Jesús Sánchez, 79, stated he was disillusioned to see Trump go away energy. Trump backed opposition chief Juan Guaidó, giving Venezuelans like him hope that Maduro’s days in energy have been numbered.
Carlos Vecchio, Guaido’s envoy in Washington who the U.S. acknowledges as Venezuela’s ambassador, tweeted pictures of himself at Biden’s inauguration. The invitation to attend was touted by Venezuela’s opposition as proof the Biden administration will proceed its robust assist and resist entreaties by Maduro for dialogue that the U.S. has strenuously rejected till now.
Cuba’s leaders maybe have a extra real looking hope for improved relations: Biden was within the White Home for the historic thaw in relations in 2014, and numerous officers expressed willingness to reopen a dialogue with Washington if there was respect for Cuba’s sovereignty.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel railed in opposition to Trump through Twitter, citing “greater than 200 measures that tightened the monetary, industrial and financial blockade, the expression of a despicable and inhuman coverage.”
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who cultivated an unexpectedly pleasant relationship with Trump and was one of many final world leaders to acknowledge Biden’s victory, learn from a letter he despatched to Biden in 2012, calling for reorienting the bilateral relationship away from safety and navy help and towards growth.
He urged Biden to implement immigration reform, and added: “We have to preserve an excellent relationship with the US authorities and I don’t have any doubt that it’s going to be that manner.”
U.S. allies within the Asia-Pacific area expressed anticipation of strengthening these alliances below a Biden administration. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and others highlighted their shared values as leaders of democracies.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated: “America’s new starting will make democracy even higher.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated Biden was a great good friend to New Zealand and highlighted specifically the phrases given in his inaugural address. “President Biden’s message of unity as he takes workplace is one which resonates with New Zealanders,” Ardern stated.
World leaders additionally acknowledged the historical past of Vice President Kamala Harris taking office. She is the primary lady, the primary Black lady and the primary South Asian to carry that workplace within the U.S.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter congratulated each Biden and Harris, whose maternal grandfather was Indian.
“That’s an historic second and one which, I feel as a father of daughters, you possibly can solely rejoice,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated.
Prepare dinner reported from Brussels. AP journalists around the globe contributed to this report.
This model has been corrected by eradicating the reference to the U.S. because the world’s largest democracy.