The Queen and the Pope led world leaders right now in congratulating Joe Biden on his inauguration because the forty sixth President of the USA.
Whereas the contents of Her Majesty’s message to Biden have been saved non-public, Boris Johnson heralded the ‘step ahead’ following a ‘bumpy interval’ underneath Donald Trump.
The triumphal tone was echoed by Germany’s Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and different European allies who noticed Trump as a political aberration – not least after the lethal riot on Capitol Hill two weeks in the past.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen referred to as it ‘the second we have been awaiting so lengthy,’ whereas Macron mentioned: ‘Welcome again to the Paris Settlement’ – taking a dig at Trump’s withdrawal from the deal.
Pope Francis urged the religious Catholic Biden to result in reconciliation within the US and to construct a society ‘marked by genuine justice and freedom,’ whereas Justin Trudeau referred to as for unity to ‘promote inclusion and variety.’
President Joe Biden speaks on the Presidential Inauguration on the U.S. Capitol in Washington after being sworn in as forty sixth President of the USA
Queen Elizabeth II despatched a non-public letter to Joe Biden, Buckingham Palace mentioned (pictured: Her Majesty on the Defence Science and Expertise Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down in October)
The Prime Minister, who watched the inauguration from Downing Avenue (pictured) mentioned America’s management is ‘important’ to the remainder of the world, from tackling the local weather disaster to the coronavirus pandemic
Johnson’s triumphal tone was echoed by Germany’s Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron
Merkel praised the ‘true celebration of American democracy,’ saying: ‘I look ahead to a brand new chapter of German-American friendship and cooperation.’
And the opposite main gamers within the EU made plain their emotions in regards to the final 4 years.
‘This new daybreak in America is the second we have been awaiting for therefore lengthy,’ mentioned 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 buddy within the White Home.’
European Council President Charles Michel mentioned that trans-Atlantic relations have ‘vastly suffered within the final 4 years. In these years, the world has grown extra complicated, much less steady and fewer predictable.’
‘We have now 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 principally reigned in Europe whereas the Republican chief was within the White Home.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau mentioned he was dedicated to working with the Biden administration to make sure monetary prosperity between the neighbours, whereas highlighting the significance of unity amid the pandemic.
‘Our two international locations are greater than neighbours – we’re shut associates, companions, and allies,’ Trudeau mentioned.
‘Canada and the USA have labored side-by-side to sort out a number of the biggest challenges we’ve got confronted in our historical past. We are going to proceed this partnership as we struggle the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and help a sustainable financial restoration that may construct again higher for everybody.
‘We can even work collectively to advance local weather motion and clear financial development, promote inclusion and variety, and create good center class jobs and alternatives for our folks whereas contributing to democracy, peace, and safety at residence and all over the world.’
Britain’s Prime Minister Johnson, who had a detailed however generally troublesome relationship with Trump, mentioned it was a ‘huge second’ for the UK-US relationship.
The PM advised reporters: ‘Once you take a look at the problems that unite me and Joe Biden, the UK and the USA proper now, there is a implausible joint widespread agenda.
‘I actually congratulate Joe and Kamala Harris on their achievement, on their inauguration right now.
‘It is a implausible factor for America, a step ahead for the nation that has been by way of a bumpy interval. And for us and America it is a huge second.’
The 2 males are anticipated to fulfill for the primary time this summer time when the G7 assembly of world leaders takes place in Cornwall.
The primary in-person assembly of the G7 in nearly two years will probably be held in June in Carbis Bay, which has a inhabitants of simply over 3,000.
The Queen might additionally meet Biden for the primary time if he makes that go to.
Mr Biden took the oath of workplace throughout a ceremony on the US Capitol this afternoon, taking workplace at 5pm UK time
Vice President Joe Biden (L) talks with Pope Francis in Paul VI corridor on the Vatican April 29, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who fashioned shut ties with Trump, famous a ‘heat private friendship’ with Biden (pictured: Trump and Netanyahu collectively on the White Home final yr)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who fashioned shut ties with Trump, famous a ‘heat private friendship’ with Biden.
‘I look ahead to working with you to additional strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance, to proceed increasing peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront widespread challenges, chief amongst them the menace posed by Iran,’ Netanyahu mentioned.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has accused Trump of unfair bias towards Israel with insurance policies like transferring the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, expressed hope for a extra even-handed method from Biden.
He urged ‘a complete and simply peace course of that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian folks for freedom and independence.’
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose nation has had a tumultuous relationship with Washington, having been criticised for aiding the Afghan Taliban, mentioned in a tweet he seemed ahead to constructing a stronger partnership by way of commerce, financial engagement and countering local weather change.
In Latin America, Biden faces fast challenges on immigration and the leaders of the 2 most populous international locations – Brazil and Mexico – have been chummy with Trump. The Trump administration additionally took a tough line in opposition to governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, increasing painful sanctions.
In Venezuela, the federal government of President Nicolas Maduro urged a renewed dialogue with the Biden administration, whereas hoping the incoming president abandons the avalanche of damaging sanctions Trump imposed to aim a regime change.
Widespread Venezuelans, nevertheless, like retired accountant Jesus Sanchez, 79, mentioned he was disillusioned to see Trump go away energy.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks throughout a Safety Council assembly at United Nations headquarters in February final yr
enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks throughout a information convention following the ruling Socialist Social gathering’s victory in legislative elections that have been boycotted by the opposition in Caracas, Venezuela December 8
Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks throughout an interview in Islamabad on Monday
Trump backed opposition chief Juan Guaido, giving Venezuelans like him hope that Maduro’s days in energy have been numbered.
An estimated 5 million Venezuelans have migrated out of the South American nation in recent times, fleeing shortages of meals, drugs and primary providers reminiscent of working water and gasoline, regardless of sitting atop the world’s largest crude reserves.
Carlos Vecchio, Guaido’s envoy in Washington who the U.S. acknowledges as Venezuela’s ambassador, tweeted pictures of himself standing in entrance of the inauguration ceremony Wednesday.
The invitation to attend was touted by Venezuela’s opposition as proof the Biden administration will proceed its sturdy help and resist entreaties by Maduro to interact in dialogue that the U.S. has strenuously rejected till now.
Cuba’s leaders maybe have a extra lifelike hope for improved relations. In spite of everything, Biden was within the White Home for the historic thaw in relations in 2014. Numerous officers mentioned they have been prepared to reopen a dialogue with Washington if there was respect for Cuba’s sovereignty.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel railed in opposition to Trump through Twitter, citing ‘greater than 200 measures that tightened the monetary, industrial and financial blockade, the expression of a despicable and inhuman coverage.’
In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez 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 a reorienting of the bilateral relationship away from safety and army assist and towards improvement.
He urged Biden to implement immigration reform, and added: ‘We have to keep an excellent relationship with the USA authorities and I haven’t got any doubt that it is going to be that method.’
Joe Biden addressed the nation for the primary time as president and declared to the nation that ‘democracy has prevailed’ – after a chaotic transition the place his predecessor Donald Trump denied his election win and by no means congratulated him.
‘The need of the folks has been heard, and the need of the folks has been heeded,’ Biden mentioned on the West Entrance of the Capitol simply two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to cease the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks.
He added: ‘We have discovered once more that democracy’s valuable, democracy’s fragile. At this hour, my associates, democracy has prevailed.’
After the contentious contest, wherein Trump falsely accused him of stealing the election, Biden paid tribute to the peaceable switch of energy and the resilience of American democracy.
‘That is America’s day. That is democracy’s day – a day of historical past and hope, of renewal and resolve, for crucible for the ages America has examined anew and America has risen to the problem. At this time we have a good time not a candidate, however a trigger, the reason for democracy,’ he famous.
The 78-year-old thanked his predecessors of each events for being at his swearing-in. Former Presidents Barack Obama, Invoice Clinton and George W. Bush attended – making Trump’s absence much more notable. Trump skipped the occasion, flying to Mar-a-Lago after organizing his personal pep rally sendoff, telling supporters and relations ‘Have an excellent life, we are going to see you quickly.