MEXICO CITY (AP) – World leaders welcome new US President Joe Biden, given his most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 epidemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump scoffed.
Many hoped Biden American democracy would be right two weeks after the rioters attacked the capitol, shaking the confidence of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.
Governments targeted and sanctioned under Trump took the opportunity to start afresh with Biden, while some heads of state praised Trump’s mix of nationalism and populism, which was more restrained in his expectations.
But the opportunity to mend stray alliances and work together on global problems is given.
Biden “understood the importance of cooperation between nations”, said former Colombian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, who stepped down in 2018. “In fact, if we do not cooperate – all nations – to fight climate change, then we will all perish. It is so simple.”
After Trump’s President Emmanuel Macron also urged him to address the dangers of climate change, Trump removed the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, a move Biden reversed Wednesday in the first hours of the presidency.
With Biden, “We will be strong to meet the challenges of our time. Strong for building our future. Strong to protect our planet, ”he wrote on Twitter. “Welcome to the Paris Agreement!”
Other European allies saw an opportunity to come out of the cold following tensions in relationships with the Trump administration.
European Council President Charles Mitchell said trans-Atlantic relations “have suffered a lot in the last four years” while the world is less stable and less predictable.
“We have differences and will not magically disappear. America seems to have changed, and how it has changed in Europe and the rest of the world as well, ”Mitchell said, openly criticizing the Trump era opposed with the silence that ruled most of Europe while Republican leader White Were. House.
In Ballina, Ireland, where Biden’s great-grandfather was born in 1832, a smiling Biden’s mural embellished a wall in the town, where some of the president’s relatives still live.
“As he takes the oath of office, I know that President Biden will feel the weight of history – the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Luth in a time of famine in search of life and hope,” Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had close ties with Trump, noted a personal friendship with Biden and said he looked forward to working together to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has accused Trump of undue prejudice with policies such as moving the US embassy to Jerusalem with Israel, expressed hope for Biden to approach it more equally. He urged “a comprehensive and just peace process that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people for freedom and liberty.”
In Latin America, Biden faced immediate challenges over immigration, and leaders in the two most populous countries – Brazil and Mexico – tricked Trump. The Trump administration expanded painful sanctions against governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s government urged talks with the Biden administration, while the new president hoped that an avalanche of sanctions was imposed on Trump to attempt a regime change.
However, some Venezuelans, like retired accountant Jesús Sánchez, 79, said he was disappointed to see Trinity Power. Trump supported opposition leader Juan Guedo, giving Venezuela hope that the days of Maduro’s rise to power may be numbered.
Guado envoy Carlos Vecchio in Washington, whom the US identifies as Venezuela’s ambassador, tweeted photos of himself during Biden’s inauguration. The invitation to attend was deferred due to Venezuelan protests as evidence suggested that the Biden administration would continue its strong support and to contradict the negotiations by Maduro that the US has so far strictly rejected.
Cuban leaders have perhaps more realistic hopes for better relations: Biden was in the White House in 2014 for a historic thaw in relations, and various officials expressed a desire to reopen talks with Washington if there was respect for Cuba’s sovereignty Of.
President Miguel Diaz-Cannell via Twitter cited the expression of “disgusting and inhumane policy against Trump, citing more than 200 measures that tighten the financial, commercial and economic blockade.”
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obredor, who had unexpectedly friendly relations with Trump and was one of the last world leaders to recognize Biden’s victory, read from a letter he sent to Biden in 2012 about bilateral relations Used to call for protection. And towards military aid and development.
He urges Biden to enforce immigration Corrected and added: “We need to maintain very good relations with the United States Government and I have no doubt that it is going to happen this way.”
American allies in the Asia-Pacific region hoped to strengthen those alliances under a Biden administration. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and others highlighted their shared values as leaders of democracies.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said: “America’s new beginning will make democracy more strong.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that Biden was a New Zealand good friend and particularly highlighted the words given in her inaugural address. “He takes over as President Biden’s message of unity, which resonates with New Zealand,” Orderon said.
World leaders also acknowledged the history of Vice President Kamala Harris assuming office. She is the first woman, the first black woman and the first South Asian to hold that office in the US
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter congratulated both Biden and Harris, whose maternal grandfather Was Indian.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “This is a historic moment and one that I feel as the father of daughters, you can only celebrate.”
Cook reported from Brussels. AP journalists around the world contributed to this report.
This version has been corrected by removing the reference to the US as the world’s largest democracy.