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World rushes to congratulate
After four days of waiting, Donald Trump received the news of his electoral defeat in golf. He responded with a statement that he did not recognize the election result and would bring further lawsuits on Monday. In Austria everyone was happy about the news. Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen "warmly" congratulated Biden and his future President Kamala Harris on Twitter. “As an international community, we can only solve the major tasks of our time, such as combating the climate crisis or the corona pandemic, together. The USA and Europe also have global responsibility here. ”The German version of the tweet, which was also sent in English, said:“ We are looking forward to strong transatlantic cooperation in the next few years - and to the USA again in Paris To be able to welcome climate agreement! Europe is ready. "
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) also congratulated on Twitter. “I look forward to working closely together in the future. Europe and the USA are linked by a system of values that we stand for together, ”said the Chancellor on Saturday. The strategic partnership between Austria and the USA should "also be expanded further in the coming years".
Congratulations from all over the world
The US election has been decided, on Saturday Joe Biden won the presidency. Congratulations and political wishes were quickly sent from all over the world, and spontaneous celebrations took place in many US cities.
Among other things, "in dealing with the corona pandemic, in the fight against terrorism and extremism or in the joint fight against climate change", the cooperation between the EU and the USA should be deepened, said Kurz, who is the still incumbent US President Trump in the Visited the White House February 2019. A second reception in March 2020 was canceled at short notice due to the coronavirus crisis.
Joy about climate plans
Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) joined in the congratulations. Biden will "endeavor to return to the path of togetherness that the currently deeply divided United States, but also the world so desperately needs in these difficult times," said the Green leader on Twitter. All states are facing extraordinary challenges, emphasized Kogler, citing "the global health crisis, the economic crisis resulting from it and, in the long term, most importantly the climate crisis". The fact that Biden “announced the return of the USA to the Paris Climate Agreement as one of his first measures makes us all sigh of relief. The active participation of the USA is essential if we want to avert the climate catastrophe. "
Climate protection minister Leonore Gewessler (also Greens) was in the same direction. “In the fight against the climate crisis, the USA is an ally that we cannot do without. It is a great feeling that we will soon be facing this historic task side by side again, ”said the Minister. ÖVP Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg also congratulated: "I congratulate the election winner and future President of the United States Joe Biden and the future Vice-President Kamala Harris - the first woman in this position - and I look forward to working with the new US administration," he said Schallenberg by broadcast. “For us Europeans it is now important to seize the moment to further consolidate the transatlantic partnership. We want to make the North Atlantic a little smaller again. "
Economics Minister Margarete Schramböck (ÖVP) pointed out the close ties between Austria and the US economy. She hoped that Biden would provide signals for an economic upswing, because numerous Austrian companies would also benefit from this. Vienna's mayor Michael Ludwig and Carinthia's governor Peter Kaiser (both SPÖ) joined in the congratulations to Biden and Harris. The City of Vienna knows "especially these days how important a respectful coexistence and a peaceful coexistence are", tweeted Ludwig. Biden called on Tuesday after the terrorist attack in Vienna to stand together against hatred and violence and announced that he and his wife Jill would include the victims and their families in their prayers.
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SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner also congratulated Biden and Harris "wholeheartedly". "This result is trend-setting", said the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the National Council. NEOS linked the new US President Biden with the hope of a return to "sensible foreign policy". "His program, but also his statesmanship in the last days of uncertainty give us hope that Donald Trump's wrong path will come to an end," said foreign policy spokesman Helmut Brandstätter.
Hope for better relationships
The leaders of the EU also called for a closer transatlantic partnership. With a view to challenges such as the pandemic and climate change, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote: "The EU Commission is ready to intensify cooperation with the new government and the new Congress." EU Parliament President David Sassoli called for a " Revitalizing Transatlantic Relations ”. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Biden and called him a "strong supporter of our alliance". He wrote on Twitter: "A strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe."
Joy in Europe
ORF correspondent Raffaela Schaidreiter reports from Brussels. There the joy over the election result in the USA is great.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of transatlantic relations. "I'm looking forward to working with President Biden," tweeted government spokesman Steffen Seibert in response to Merkel's reaction. “Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to face the great challenges of our time.” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter: “We have a lot to do to tackle today's challenges. Let's act together! "
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had a rather good relationship with Trump, also congratulated Biden on his election and the first US Vice President Harris on “her historic success”. The USA are the "most important ally" of Great Britain. He looks forward to working together on “common priorities from climate change to trade and security”. Congratulations also came from Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Netanyahu congratulates Biden and thanks Trump
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Biden on Twitter: “Joe, we have had a long and warm personal relationship for almost 40 years.” He also knows Biden as “Israel's great friend” and looks forward to working with him and Harris “for something special To deepen the alliance between the USA and Israel ”.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally, for recognizing Jerusalem and the Golan, for standing up to Iran, for the historic peace accords and for bringing the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights.- Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 8, 2020
Netanyahu thanked his close ally, incumbent Donald Trump, for the friendship he had shown Israel and himself personally. He thanked Trump "for the recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, for the determined stance towards Iran, for the historic peace agreements" and for bringing relations between Israel and the US to an unprecedented high.
Congratulations from Kiev too
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a key figure in Trump's impeachment proceedings, also congratulated Biden. "Ukraine and the US have always worked together on security, trade, investment, democracy and the fight against corruption," Selensky tweeted on Saturday. Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership between the two countries. “Our friendship is only getting stronger!” He continued.
In July of last year, Trump unsuccessfully urged Selensky in a phone call to announce investigations into questionable deals of Biden's son Hunter. It was the beginning of the Ukraine affair, which led to an impeachment trial against Trump, which Trump survived thanks to the majority of his Republicans in the Senate.
Jansa wants the courts to work
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa seemed to have less joy: He criticized the congratulations for Biden. "Interesting. There are lawsuits in all US states with a narrow outcome. The courts have not even started to decide. Nevertheless, the #MSM (and not an official organ) proclaim the winner, ”Jansa wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening with a view to the prognoses for the election result.
Jansa clearly sided with Trump during the presidential election campaign and described his opponent Biden as "weak". The conservative Slovenian politician caused outrage when he congratulated Trump on Twitter on Wednesday, while millions of potential Biden votes were still to be counted. "It is pretty clear that the Americans have elected Donald Trump and (Vice President) Mike Pence for another four years," he wrote, combined with criticism of the "factual denial" by the "mainstream media". Twitter provided the Jansas post with a warning.
Waiting with congratulations
Even Mexico's President Lopez Obrador does not want to congratulate Biden on his election victory for the time being. He wants to wait for the official election result. Obrador emphasized that he had a good relationship with Trump and Biden. With Mexico there were at times severe tensions under Trump because of the construction of a border wall and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also sent congratulations. "Venezuela, the homeland of the liberator Simon Bolivar, will always be open to dialogue and understanding with the people and the government of the United States," wrote the authoritarian ruling Maduro on Twitter on Saturday (local time). In the general debate at the UN General Assembly in September, Maduro described the USA as a threat to world peace.
Joy in Iran
Iran's first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri said he hoped for a change in "US destructive policies". The era of Trump and his "adventurous and warlike" government is over. Relations between Iran and the United States have deteriorated sharply in recent years under Trump. The US withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and imposed sanctions. Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to the Iranian President, tweeted: "The Iranians have stood their ground bravely until this coward left." Iraqi President Barham Saleh congratulated Biden on his victory, saying that Biden was a "friend and trusted partner in building a better one." Iraq".
In the US, there was congratulations from both Democrats and Republicans. The prominent Republican Senator Mitt Romney was the first to congratulate the political opponent. He and his wife Ann know Biden and Harris as "people of good will and of admirable character," as Romney wrote on Twitter on Saturday. "We pray that God will bless you in the days and years to come." The former Republican presidential candidate is known as a critic of incumbent President Trump. Jeb Bush, brother of ex-President George W. Bush and son of the late President George Bush senior, soon joined them. "Now is the time to heal deep wounds," wrote the former Florida governor. Many Americans were counting on Biden to lead the country down this path.
Of course, there was great joy on the democratic side. Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton saw Biden's victory as a rejection of Trump. “Voters have spoken and they have voted Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President,” she wrote on Twitter. It is a pair of candidates who make history, "a rejection of Trump" and a new chapter for America. "Forward, together," Clinton continued. She was defeated by Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, described the election as a victory for democracy. "America spoke and democracy won." Biden and Harris would serve the country and bring the people together, he continued. He congratulated his party colleagues on their "significant victory". Clinton was US President from 1993 to 2001.
Former US President Jimmy Carter also congratulated. He is looking forward to "seeing the positive changes that they will bring to our country," said the Democrat in a statement published on Twitter on Saturday.
Obama calls for support
With Biden's victory in the US election, House Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi believes that a new era of hope will begin. Biden had achieved a “historic victory”, the Democrat declared on Saturday: “Today begins a new day of hope for America.” Former President Barack Obama also spoke up: He called on all Americans to give Biden a chance and support him as the next president of the country. "Like no other new president before, he will face a number of extraordinary challenges - a raging pandemic, an unequal economic and judicial system, an endangered democracy and an endangered climate," said Obama.
He knew that Biden would do the job in the best interests of all Americans, whether he had her vote or not. "The election results show at every level that the country is still deeply and bitterly divided," continued Obama. It is now not only up to Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris, but also to everyone to do their part to ensure that people find each other. "Our democracy needs all of us more than ever before." He will support Biden wherever he can.
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