MEXICO CITY — Leaders throughout the globe welcomed the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and the top of the usually confrontational presidency of Donald Trump, noting the world’s most urgent issues, together with the COVID-19 pandemic and local weather change, require multilateral cooperation, an strategy Trump ridiculed.
Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would proper the world’s largest democracy two weeks after they watched rioters storm the Capitol, shaking the religion of these preventing for democracy in their very own nations.
Governments focused and sanctioned below Trump embraced the prospect for a contemporary begin with Biden, whereas some heads of state who lauded Trump’s mix of nationalism and populism have been extra restrained of their expectations for the Biden administration — and in some circumstances spoke nostalgically of the Trump years.
However an opportunity to restore frayed alliances and work collectively to deal with issues extending past anyone nation’s borders carried the day.
Biden “understands the worth and the significance of multilateralism. He understands the significance of cooperation amongst nations,” stated former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, who left workplace in 2018.
“As a matter of truth, if we don’t cooperate – all nations – to combat local weather change, then we are going to all perish. It’s so simple as that,” Santos stated.
French President Emmanuel Macron additionally famous the urgency of addressing the perils the world faces from local weather change after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris local weather accord, a transfer Biden was to reverse within the first hours of his presidency.
With Biden, “we will probably be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to construct our future. Stronger to guard our planet,” he wrote on Twitter. “Welcome again to the Paris Settlement!”
Elsewhere in Europe, shut U.S. allies lastly noticed an opportunity to come back in out of the chilly after strained safety and financial relationships with the Trump administration.
“This new daybreak in America is the second we’ve been awaiting for therefore lengthy,” stated European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, hailing Biden’s arrival as “resounding proof that, as soon as once more after 4 lengthy years, Europe has a good friend within the White Home.”
European Council President Charles Michel stated that trans-Atlantic relations have “drastically suffered within the final 4 years. In these years, the world has grown extra complicated, much less secure and fewer predictable.”
“We now have our variations and they won’t magically disappear. America appears to have modified, and the way it’s perceived in Europe and the remainder of the world has additionally modified,” added Michel, whose open criticism of the Trump period contrasted with the silence that largely reigned in Europe whereas the Republican chief was within the White Home.
In Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued a video assertion, calling Biden’s inauguration a “good day for democracy.”
“Regardless of the makes an attempt to tear at America’s institutional cloth, election employees and governors, the judiciary and Congress have confirmed robust,” he stated.
With Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris, Steinmeier stated the U.S. would once more be a “very important companion” to sort out points just like the coronavirus pandemic, local weather change, safety points together with arms management and disarmament, and a number of conflicts.
In Ballina, Eire, the place Biden’s great-great- grandfather was born in 1832, a mural of a smiling Biden adorned a wall within the city, the place among the president’s relations nonetheless dwell.
“As he takes the oath of workplace, I do know that President Biden will really feel the burden of historical past — the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Louth in famine instances seeking life and hope,” Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin stated.
Pope Francis urged Biden to assist foster reconciliation within the U.S. and construct up a society “marked by genuine justice and freedom” and searching particularly for the poor.
The “grave crises” going through all of humanity name for farsighted responses, Francis stated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shaped shut ties with Trump, famous a “heat private friendship” with Biden. “I sit up for working with you to additional strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance … and to confront frequent challenges, chief amongst them the menace posed by Iran,” Netanyahu stated.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has accused Trump of unfair bias towards Israel with insurance policies like shifting the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, expressed hope for a extra even-handed strategy from Biden. He urged “a complete and simply peace course of that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian individuals for freedom and independence.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose nation has had a tumultuous relationship with Washington, having been criticized for aiding the Afghan Taliban, stated in a tweet he regarded ahead to constructing a stronger partnership by means of commerce, financial engagement and countering local weather change.
In Latin America, Biden faces quick challenges on immigration and the leaders of the 2 most populous nations — Brazil and Mexico — have been chummy with Trump. The Trump administration additionally took a tough line towards governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, increasing painful sanctions.
In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s authorities urged dialogue with the Biden administration, whereas hoping the incoming president abandons the avalanche of damaging sanctions Trump imposed to try a regime change.
Some Venezuelans, nevertheless, like retired accountant Jesús Sánchez, 79, stated he was dissatisfied to see Trump depart energy. Trump backed opposition chief Juan Guaidó, giving Venezuelans like him hope that Maduro’s days in energy have been numbered.
Carlos Vecchio, Guaido’s envoy in Washington who the U.S. acknowledges as Venezuela’s ambassador, tweeted photographs of himself at Biden’s inauguration. The invitation to attend was touted by Venezuela’s opposition as proof the Biden administration will proceed its robust assist and resist entreaties by Maduro for dialogue that the U.S. has strenuously rejected till now.
Cuba’s leaders maybe have a extra sensible hope for improved relations: Biden was within the White Home for the historic thaw in relations in 2014, and numerous officers expressed willingness to reopen a dialogue with Washington if there was respect for Cuba’s sovereignty.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel railed towards Trump through Twitter, citing “greater than 200 measures that tightened the monetary, business and financial blockade, the expression of a despicable and inhuman coverage.”
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who cultivated an unexpectedly pleasant relationship with Trump and was one of many final world leaders to acknowledge Biden’s victory, learn from a letter he despatched to Biden in 2012, calling for reorienting the bilateral relationship away from safety and navy support and towards improvement.
He urged Biden to implement immigration reform, and added: “We have to preserve an excellent relationship with america authorities and I don’t have any doubt that it’s going to be that manner.”
Cook dinner reported from Brussels. AP writers Nicole Winfield in Vatican Metropolis, Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, Laurie Kellman and Josef Federman in Jerusalem, Alex Sanz in Atlanta, David Rising in Berlin, Joshua Goodman in Miami, Andrea Rodriguez in Havana, Scott Smith in Caracas, Venezuela, Sylvie Corbet in Paris, and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.