A number of world leaders liked the transfer of power Wednesday in the United States, as Democrat Joe Biden swore the oath of office as president after four tumultuous years of Donald Trump’s reign.
European Union: Biden … a friend of Europe
Senior European Union leaders have expressed relief at the arrival at the White House of a friend of Europe.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Europe “once again has a friend in the White House after four long years.”
European Council President Charles Michel said, “I want to formally address today, on the day Joe Biden takes office, a call for us to build together a new founding pact for a stronger Europe, for a stronger United States, and for a better world.”
Today is a very special day.
I am ready to present to President @JoeBiden our proposal for a new transatlantic agenda.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 20, 2021
Israel: Common Challenges
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. “I look forward to working with you to strengthen the US-Israeli alliance, to continue expanding the scope of peace between Israel and the Arab world, and to face common challenges, foremost among which is the threat posed by Iran,” he said in a video statement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
"Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on your historic inauguration. pic.twitter.com/wf6a5XhiVe
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) January 20, 2021
Iran: The End of a Tyrant
On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the end of the era of a “tyrant”, saying that “the ball is in the court” of President-elect Joe Biden regarding sanctions and the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.
In a televised speech during the weekly cabinet meeting, Rouhani said that the four years that Trump spent in power “yielded nothing but injustice and corruption and caused problems for his people and the world.”
France: Welcome back
French President Emmanuel Macron told Biden, “Welcome back” to the Paris climate agreement, with the new US president announcing his intention to promise the accord from which his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew.
Je salue le retour des États-Unis au sein de l'Accord de Paris pour le climat : Welcome back!
C'est tous ensemble que nous pourrons réussir à relever les défis de notre temps. C'est tous ensemble que nous pourrons changer la donne climatique en agissant pour notre planète. https://t.co/FoXYWtUWV7
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 20, 2021
“We are eagerly waiting to build a strong, effective, and renewed relationship with President Biden,” French government spokesman Gabriel Atar said at the end of a cabinet session, reiterating “congratulations” to the new US president and his deputy, Kamala Harris, hours before their inauguration ceremony.
Germany expresses great satisfaction
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his “great satisfaction” with the transfer of power in the United States, stressing that this feeling is shared by “many people” in Germany.
“We are delighted that in the future the United States, as a key partner, will again be by our side on many issues: in the common and united fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, global protection of the climate, and on matters of security,” the German president said in a video message.
Britain: Our goals are the same
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been criticized for his close relationship with Trump, has said he is looking to “work closely” with Biden. “In our fight against COVID-19, on climate change, defense and security, and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are one and our countries will work hand in hand to achieve them,” he said.
Congratulations to @JoeBiden on being sworn in as President of the United States and to @KamalaHarris on her historic inauguration. America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 20, 2021
Spain: Trump was a heavy joke
“Biden’s victory represents a victory for democracy over the hard right,” said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s spokesman.
“Five years ago, we thought Trump was a heavy joke. After five years, we realized that he was threatening the most powerful democracy in the world.”
La Administración de @JoeBiden y @KamalaHarris inicia su andadura. Todos los éxitos y el apoyo de España en esta etapa de esperanza y futuro. Trabajaremos con EE.UU. por la democracia y el refuerzo de una gobernanza global más justa, sostenible e inclusiva.#InaugurationDay
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) January 20, 2021
Russia and the extension of the “New START” agreement
Russia announced that it hopes to work “more constructively” with the administration of the new US president on the issue of extending the “New START” agreement to limit the nuclear arsenal, which expires on February 5.
“We hope that the new administration will show a more constructive attitude towards dialogue with us” on this subject, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published minutes after Biden’s inauguration.
Palestinian Territories: Biden’s existence is a return to international fairness
“We hope that the presence of Biden as president of the United States will be an opportunity to implement international justice and solve the (Palestinian-Israeli) conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian state and ending the suffering of the Palestinian people,” said Jibril Rajoub, secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Trump’s departure is the departure of an ugly face of racism and fascism that has destroyed American democracy and the system of values,” he added.
For his part, the spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum, said, “I do not regret Trump’s departure from the US administration, as he is the largest exporter and sponsor of injustice, violence, and extremism in the world,” considering him “the direct partner of the Israeli occupation in the aggression against our people and the liquidation of its cause.”
Biden called for “correcting the historical course of the wrong and unjust American policies for our people.”
The Vatican: Pope Francis prays to Biden
Pope Francis urged Joe Biden to encourage “reconciliation and peace” in the United States and among nations. He said in a statement, “At a time when the serious crises facing our human family require unified and forward-looking positions, I pray that your decisions will be led by the will to build a society based on justice and freedom.”