World leaders guarded in response to Trump’s victory

RSTV Bureau
New York : President-elect Donald Trump after his victory, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.  Photo - AP/PTI

New York : President-elect Donald Trump after his victory, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo – AP/PTI

As the world was today stunned by Donald Trump’s jaw-dropping victory in the US presidential election, world leaders were guarded in their reaction to the development while allies congratulated him.

Congratulating the president-elect, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he looks forward to working with him closely to take Indo-US ties to a new height.

“Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th US President,” PM Modi said in a tweet adding, “We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was accused by Hillary Clinton of closeness to Trump, sent the winner a telegram to congratulate him and said Moscow is “ready to do our part and do everything to return relations to the trajectory of development”.

Putin “expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition as well as on working out outstanding issues on the international agenda” in his congratulatory telegram, the Kremlin said.

Congratulating Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the UK and US had an “enduring and special relationship” and would remain “close partners” on trade, security and defence.

China’s President Xi Jinping sent congratulations to Trump and said he looked forward to working with him, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

“I highly value China-US relations, and look forward to working together with you, and holding fast to mutual respect and non-conflict, non-confrontation,” the channel cited Xi as saying in its nightly national broadcast.

During the campaign, Trump had accused China of snatching the jobs of the Americans. He had earlier claimed that Americans are living through the “greatest jobs theft” in the history of the world, saying US companies were moving out jobs to countries like China, Mexico and Singapore.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that any “close cooperation” between the US and her country must be based on shared democratic values, and reminded him of the global responsibility he carries.

“Germany and America share the values of democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human dignity, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political belief,” she said congratulating Trump.

However, French President Francois Hollande, warned his victory opens a period of uncertainty. “This American election opens a period of uncertainty,” he said in a statement that offered only brief congratulations to the controversial billionaire.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was “no possibility” of its nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by Trump despite his threat to dismantle it.

“Iran’s understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,” state television quoted Rouhani as telling his cabinet.

Saudi King Salman, meanwhile, expressed hope that Trump would bring stability to the Middle East. Turkey also joined other countries in sending congratulatory message to Trump, expressing hopes for a “new page” in relations.

Striking a varying note, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt invoked Brexit on Twitter, saying, “looks like this will be the year of the double disaster of the West.”

(With inputs from the PTI)