World leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday congratulated United States President-elect Mr. Donald Trump.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari congratulated American citizens on the outcome of the election, which he said was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.
The President looked forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.
As Mr Trump prepares to assume office in January, Buhari extended his good wishes to him on the onerous task of leading the world’s strongest economy
Russian leader Vladmir Putin talked about his country’s sour relations with the United State.
“It is not an easy path but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development,” Mr. Putin, for whom Trump expressed admiration during the election campaign, said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Mr. Trump and said Britain and the U.S. would remain “strong and close partners on trade, security and defence”.
During the election campaign, Ms. May criticised Mr. Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was divisive, unhelpful and wrong.
Egypt’s president congratulated Donald Trump, saying Cairo wants to see more “cooperation and coordination” between the two nations to bolster stability and peace in the Middle East.
According to a statement by his office on Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi telephoned Mr. Trump to offer his congratulations and invited him to visit Egypt.
Chinese state media said President Xi Jinping had called Mr. Trump to congratulate him on his victory.
“I place great importance on the China-US relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Mr. Xi was reported to have told Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Trump’s victory offers Germany’s “close cooperation” on the basis of the countries’ shares values.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: : “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.
“Canada has no closer friend, partner and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security.
“The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world. Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership.”
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto didn’t congratulate Trump on his victory.
South African President Jacob Zuma conveyed his best wishes on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa.
Mr. Zuma said he “looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed appreciation to Trump, for the friendship toward India during his campaign.
He said in a letter on Wednesday in New Delhi that India was looking forward to working to take India-U.S bilateral ties to a new height.
During a campaign speech to Indian-American voters last month, Trump had praised Modi and promised India and U.S would become “best friends” if he was elected.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, also congratulated Mr. Trump and said he was looking forward to continued support in his country’s fight against Islamic State.
In a statement on his website, Mr. al-Abadi said he hopes the “world and the United States will continue to support Iraq in fighting terrorism.”
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to reach “new heights” in bilateral ties under Mr. Trump.
Also, the Philippine government said it was looking forward to working with Mr. Trump to enhance bilateral ties.
President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Mr. Trump and hailed the U.S. two-party system that gave the country’s voters freedom of choice based on party platform, not just personalities.
“I wish Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the U.S. military.
Mr. Duterte said he was looking forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law.
Mr. Duterte, who has been compared to Mr. Trump, has criticised the U.S. in recent statements and vowed to “separate” the Philippines from the U.S., vowing to chart a foreign policy that does not mimic that of Washington’s.