Barack Obama re-elected; congratulations pour in
London: As soon as Barack Obama scored a decisive victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney after a long, contentious and expensive election battle, world leaders began congratulating the US President on his re-election.
India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying, “We look forward to working with you."
British Prime Minister David Cameron posted his regards on Twitter: "Warm congratulations to my friend (at)BarackObama. Look forward to continuing to work together."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Barack Obama a telegram, congratulating him.
China`s Foreign Ministry said President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiaobao phoned Obama to congratulate him on his re-election.
French President Francois Hollande said Barack Obama win a `clear choice for open, united` US.
In a congratulatory message to Obama, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said he looked forward to working closely with him for the "shared objective of peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region."
Describing Obama`s win as a "clear reaffirmation by the American people of their confidence in his leadership and a powerful endorsement" of his vision for his country, Zardari hoped the relationship between Pakistan and the US would continue to prosper during the President`s new term in office.
Zardari said he was "confident that the leadership of the two countries would be able to further deepen and broaden bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interests."
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates US President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying, "Strategic alliance between Israel and United States is stronger than ever".
Warmly congratulating Barack Obama, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that he "looks forward to continuing to work with President Obama and his administration in the spirit of the enduring partnership between the US and the UN”.
“I offer warm congratulations to President Barack Obama on his re-election and wish him every success for his second term in office. US leadership remains vital to meeting global challenges; international financial stability and global economic growth, peace and security, and the impacts of our changing climate,” Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak congratulated Obama, saying: “It is my hope that President Obama will continue in his efforts to foster understanding and respect between the United States and Muslims around the world. As a moderate Muslim nation, Malaysia stands ready to help the United States as it seeks to better engage with those of Islamic faith.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she looked forward to continuing cooperation with the US "so both our countries can continue to stand side-by-side to contend with the important foreign policy and economic challenges that we face as friends and allies".
President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, the ancestral homeland of Obama, said the Kenyan people were celebrating his "well deserved victory". "Kenya, as always is proud of our association with you," Kibaki said in a statement to Obama.
South African President Jacob Zuma said "we value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the years to come."
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi congratulated Obama, saying he hoped his win would strengthen the "friendship between the two countries", while Malaysian Premier Najib Razak appealed to Obama to continue to foster understanding and respect between America and Muslims across the world.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda welcomed Obama`s re-election and expressed his hope to deepen bilateral cooperation.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said: "With President Obama`s re-election, there will be many opportunities to enhance the relationship, which is built on shared values, and a commitment to improve the prosperity and well-being of our people through initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
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