World leaders react to election of President-elect Donald Trump

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World leaders, presidents and prime ministers, officials, politicians, people from all walks of life and even the Taliban in Afghanistan are reacting to Donald Trump’s astounding victory as America’s 45th president.

Here are the highlights of what some of them said on Wednesday:

“Russia is ready and wants to restore full-format relations with the United States. Let me repeat. We proceed from the fact that this will be an uneasy way but we’re ready both to cover our part of the distance and do everything to return the Russian-U.S. relations to the steady development trajectory.”

—Russian President Vladimir Putin

may“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.”

—British Prime Minister Theresa May

“As a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents, you not only made a great contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States.”

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference after his meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (not pictured) at the Akasaka State Guest House on November 2, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Suu Kyi is on five days tour in Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

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—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and the American people, free!”

—France’s populist, anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to the media following the victory by U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump in U.S. presidential elections on November 9, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel reiterated the global responsibility that comes with the role of a U.S. president and offered to work with Trump on a basis of traditional, liberal democratic values. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views. On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation.”

—German Chancellor Angela Merkel


“I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


“There is need for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is in a situation of severe lacerations and great conflict.”

—Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Milos Zeman, the President of Czech Republic (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Milos Zeman, the President of Czech Republic (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Czech President Milos Zeman has welcomed Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, saying that proves Americans did not succumb to what he called “media manipulation.”

He says he appreciated Trump’s campaign because his message was “clear” though sometimes “rough.” Zeman, known for his strong anti-migrant rhetoric, said he shared Trump’s views on migration and the fight against the Islamic terrorism.

Zeman was among the several leaders in Central Europe, including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who endorsed Trump during the campaign.

 Iran President Hassan Rouhani (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

Iran President Hassan Rouhani (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

“The U.S. presidential election results have shown that this country’s sickness and civil instability will persist for a long time, and it takes a long time to solve these disagreements and internal problems.”

—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider Al Abadi (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider Al Abadi (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


“We are looking forward to the continued support from the United States and the world in the fight against terrorism, which doesn’t threaten Iraq only, but the whole world.”

—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi


“He should withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, should not praise defeated generals as previous administrations have done, and also should refrain from harming American’s dignity, economy or soldiers any further in this fight.”

—The Taliban in Afghanistan, in a message to Trump


French President Francois Hollande (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

French President Francois Hollande (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

“What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, economic relations and the preservation of the planet. … An American election reaches far beyond the United States.”

—French President Francois Hollande

Africa’s first elected female president is calling Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat a “missed opportunity” to advance women’s rights.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

In an interview with the BBC, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia said Wednesday she is “extremely saddened” by Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, though she expects her West African nation to maintain good relations with the U.S.

Sirleaf was elected in 2005 as Liberia was emerging from 14 years of deadly civil conflict. As secretary of state, Clinton attended Sirleaf’s inauguration for a second term in 2012.

Liberia was founded by freed American slaves and is one of the U.S.’s closest allies on the continent.


Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega has sent a congratulatory greeting to Donald Trump, saying he and his people “believe it is possible to work with the United States” on the world’s problems, “giving priority to peace.”

Ortega on Sunday celebrated an electoral victory of his own, winning a third consecutive term as leader of the Central American country.


Venezuela’s foreign ministry is congratulating Donald Trump on his win and saying it hopes he can advance “respectful bilateral political and diplomatic relations.”

It also expresses hopes that the new chapter will be marked by “respect for non-intervention in internal affairs.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to overthrow the South American country’s government, a charge that has been rejected by State Department representatives

The two countries continue to engage in trade despite not having embassies in their respective capitals since 2010.

Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway don’t expect Donald Trump’s election win to affect their key relations with the United States.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, a self-made millionaire, says he was surprised by the U.S. election result, saying the polls “got it pretty badly wrong about Brexit as well.”

Sipila said that U.S. relations for Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, are of “paramount” importance and that Trump’s victory wouldn’t mean a change in the non-aligned county’s defense policy, its close ties to NATO or Finnish-Russian relations.

In Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said many people felt concerned about the U.S. election result, but that they had been “prepared” for it. He said Sweden has a long tradition of cooperation with U.S. governments “regardless of party political affiliations.”

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulated Donald Trump, saying “the United States is our closest ally. It is decisive that we continue the cooperation.”

In Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen “let’s give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.”

(Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

(Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan is working on building ties with Trump and his advisers so Tokyo is well-prepared in case of any policy changes under his presidency.

Kishida says on TV it’s still unclear how Trump’s policy and his political leadership will affect Japan, and it may “require our flexible response.” Trump has said Japan should pay more for American troops stationed in Japan under the bilateral security pact or pull them out.

Kishida says Japan is still trying to understand how important the Asia-Pacific region is to Trump.


The former Polish President Lech Walesa (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lech Walesa (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto Getty Images)

Poland’s former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says Donald Trump has good intentions and sees the people’s discontent but has no policy plan.

Asked if Trump as U.S. president poses any threat, Walesa said the “threat lies in the fact that he is really unprepared. He has good intentions. He sees that people are dissatisfied. But, in my opinion he has no solutions.”

He said Trump won because people are “tired of old structures, of old politicians” and said that capitalism and democracy still need improvement.


President of Poland, Andrzej Duda (Photo by Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda (Photo by Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has congratulated Donald Trump and reminded him of the important “strategic partnership” shared by their two nations, including the pledge to send troops to NATO’s eastern flank.

Poland’s populist leadership shares a number of ideological similarities with Trump. Yet there is anxiety in Poland that a Trump presidency could leave the region more vulnerable to a resurgent Russia given Trump’s repeated praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggestions by Trump that the U.S. might not protect its NATO allies if they are attacked.


The Philippines’ foul-mouthed president has welcomed Donald Trump’s election victory, calling him a fellow curser.

(Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

(Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit to Malaysia on Wednesday, says “Long live Mr. Trump! We both curse at the slightest reason. We are alike.”

Duterte has previously told President Barack Obama in the past to “go to hell” and criticized U.S. officials for expressing concern about his brutal crackdown on illegal drug sellers and users.

Philippine officials said Wednesday that Duterte has decided to reduce the number of joint military exercises with the United States.

The favorite in Moldova’s presidential election has praised Donald Trump for winning the U.S. presidential race as a victory over “the Liberal orgy.”

Igor Dodon, who paints himself as a traditional Moldovan family man and wants closer relations with Russia, said Wednesday he liked Trump because “he is a supporter of Christian values.”

Trump has been divorced twice and has children from three different wives.

Ban Ki-Moon (Photo by J. Countess WireImage)

Ban Ki-Moon (Photo by J. Countess WireImage)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations will count on Donald Trump’s administration to strengthen international cooperation to meet today’s global challenges.

Ban said the U.N. hopes to work with his U.S. government “to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding” and implement U.N. goals for 2030.

Ban says after “a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths.”

Ban also praised Hillary Clinton “for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children.”