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 combating for democracy in their very own international locations.
Governments focused and sanctioned beneath Trump embraced the possibility for a contemporary begin with Biden, whereas some heads of state who lauded Trump’s mix of nationalism and populism had been extra restrained of their expectations.
However the probability to restore frayed alliances and work collectively on international issues carried the day.
China, whose U.S. relations nosedived as a result of widespread frustration in Washington over its human rights document and accusations of expertise theft, expressed cautious hope concerning the change within the White Home.
“China appears ahead to working with the brand new administration to advertise sound & regular growth of China-U.S. relations and collectively deal with international challenges in public well being, local weather change & progress,” China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, tweeted.
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 will probably 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 come back in out of the chilly after strained relationships with the Trump administration.
European Council President Charles Michel stated trans-Atlantic relations have “enormously suffered within the final 4 years” whereas the world has turn out to be much less steady and fewer predictable.
“We’ve got 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 a few of the president’s relations nonetheless reside.
“As he takes the oath of workplace, I do know that President Biden will really feel the load of historical past — the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Louth in famine occasions in the hunt 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 folks for freedom and independence.”
In Latin America, Biden faces speedy challenges on immigration, and the leaders of the 2 most populous international locations — Brazil and Mexico — had been chummy with Trump. The Trump administration additionally expanded painful sanctions towards 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 try a regime change.
Some Venezuelans, nevertheless, like retired accountant Jesús Sánchez, 79, stated he was disenchanted to see Trump depart energy. Trump backed opposition chief Juan Guaidó, giving Venezuelans like him hope that Maduro’s days in energy had been numbered.
Carlos Vecchio, Guaido’s envoy in Washington who the U.S. acknowledges as Venezuela’s ambassador, tweeted images of himself at Biden’s inauguration. The invitation to attend was touted by Venezuela’s opposition as proof the Biden administration will proceed its sturdy assist and resist entreaties by Maduro for dialogue that the U.S. has strenuously rejected till now.
Cuba’s leaders maybe have a extra sensible hope for improved relations: Biden was within the White Home for the historic thaw in relations in 2014, and varied officers expressed willingness to reopen a dialogue with Washington if there was respect for Cuba’s sovereignty.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel railed towards Trump by way of Twitter, citing “greater than 200 measures that tightened the monetary, business 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 assist and towards growth.
He urged Biden to implement immigration reform, and added: “We have to keep an excellent relationship with america 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 beneath 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 an excellent good friend to New Zealand and highlighted particularly 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 girl, the primary Black girl 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 believe as a father of daughters, you’ll be able to solely have fun,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated.
Cook 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.