WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 8, 2020, Fox News. World leaders have extended their congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden after he was projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Fox News reported.
While the counting continues and legal challenges remain outstanding, Fox News and other media organizations have projected Joe Biden to be the next president.
Some world leaders were quick to extend congratulations to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in both English and French to say “congratulations” to Biden and Harris, remarking on the “unique” relationship between the two countries.
“I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both,” Trudeau wrote.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated his potential future counterpart, particularly Harris on her “historic achievement.”
Johnson added brief comments, saying he looks forward to “working closely together on our shared priorities.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with pride of Harris’ “pathbreaking” success, as Harris, in addition to being the first woman vice president-elect and first Black vice president-elect, will become the first Indian American vice president-elect.
Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights. pic.twitter.com/yAOCEcs9bN
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020
Modi, who has been a frequent Donald Trump ally, said he is “confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger” with Harris in office. He called it a success for “all Indian-Americans.”
Following Trudeau’s example, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted out a statement in English and French. While Macron’s statement was little more than a general congratulations, he did speak of the work that will lie ahead, saying that the two nations will have to “overcome today’s challenges.”
However, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday that he can not congratulate a winner of the U.S. presidential election until all legal proceedings are concluded, calling his decision “politically prudent.”
Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte did not congratulate the president-elect but instead praised the “outstanding turnout” by the American people.
Conte did pledge that the U.S. can count Italy as “a strong Ally and a strategic partner,” and that he is ready to work with Biden.
Iraqi President Barham Salih was warmer in his congratulations, calling Biden a “friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq.”
Salih declared that Iraq would be keen to work on the “common goals” of peace and stability in the Middle East – a peace that has made some large gains this year with Trump brokering deals between Israel and a number of surrounding nations, including Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated Biden, noting Harris’ “history-making” role as vice president-elect.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated the president-elect, noting Biden as a “strong supporter” of the alliance.
“A strong #NATO is good for both North America & Europe,” Stoltenberg said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab noted that the process is still ongoing, but congratulated Biden and Harris on not only their projected victories but doing so during a “close contest.” Raab added that the friendship between the U.K. and U.S. has always been “a force for good in the world.”
Raab also noted that President Trump “fought hard.”
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, lauded Biden’s campaign as running on “values that we in the United Kingdom share – decency, integrity, compassion and strength.”
Not all words were warm, however, with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran calling the election “an example of the ugly face of liberal democracy.”
Khamenei called the days-long process a “spectacle,” and claimed that it was a “clear” sign of the “definite political, civil, & moral decline of the U.S. regime.”
Trump ally and Brexit leader Nigel Farage mocked Democrat voters who took to the streets in droves to celebrate the victory, saying that “coverage … would make you think Jesus had returned.”