'Welcome back America!' World leaders react to Biden's apparent win

Leaders around the globe congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this weekend

November 8, 2020, 3:14 PM

Around the globe, world leaders on Saturday and Sunday reacted to news from the U.S. that former Vice President Joe Biden is the apparent winner of the presidential election.

Many allies tweeted their congratulations and well-wishes to Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, who is set to become the U.S.' first female vice president and woman of color in the White House. Leaders also expressed excitement about collaborating with the new administration soon.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris deliver remarks in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020, after being declared the winners of the presidential election by the media.
Andrew Harnik/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Here is a roundup of how the rest of the world is responding to the U.S. presidential election.

Saudi royal family

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both congratulated Biden for his election victory in statements released through the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Both leaders sent cables to the president-elect with their wishes, according to the SPA.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with the US secretary of state in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 18, 2019.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

"The Crown Prince expressed his sincere congratulations and best wishes for health and happiness to (Biden) and to the friendly people of the United States of America further progress and advancement," the agency said.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

"We recognize that, in their presidential elections, the American people have chosen a new course," the tweet reads, according to a rough translation. "We believe in the possibility of a constructive bilateral relationship that is respectful of differences."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"I would like to open with greetings to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. For almost 40 years I have a personal, long and warm relationship with Joe Biden and I know him as a big friend of the state of Israel. I am sure that we will continue to work with both of them in order to continue to strengthen the special alliance between Israel and the United States," Netanyahu said in a recorded statement.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, pauses while making a statement to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, Sept. 23, 2019.
Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE

"On my behalf and on the behalf of all the citizens of Israel, I thank President Trump again for the great friendship he has shown the state of Israel and me personally. I congratulate him for his recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan (Heights), for his stand against Iran, for the historic peace agreements and for bringing the alliance between Israel and the United States to unprecedented heights. Thank you President Trump."

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

"I congratulate the American people on the presidential election," Maduro wrote on Twitter, according to a rough translation. "I also congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their victory."

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Office of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto

President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno

"Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris, President and Vice President-elect of the United States," Moreno wrote on Twitter, according to a rough translation. "May the relationship between our countries remain firm and prosperous in its period, always for the benefit of common goals. Successes in your duties!"

Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

In a follow-up tweet, Sturgeon also noted Harris' historic rise, adding, "The first woman in the White House -- and the first woman of colour too. This is a big and special moment."

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo

President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed

Former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla

Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

European Commission President Charles Michel

French President Emmanuel Macron

President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

President of Argentina Alberto Fernández

President of Chile Sebastian Piñera

President of Italy Sergio Mattarella

President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

President of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat

Head of Russian Federation Council Konstantin Kosachyov

"The accusations of Russian interference in elections in the United States as a key irritant in the bilateral relationship are likely to be off the agenda in the event of Democrat Joe Biden winning the election, after which it will be possible to resume talks over arms control," Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the Federation Council, said in a statement.

"One optimistic point: it appears that the topic of the Russian influence on the U.S. presidential election will essentially be out of America's domestic context," Kosachyov wrote on Facebook. "The departure of virtual 'crimes' from the agenda could partly switch attention to other topics. Not that we believe in sobering-up in Washington, but at least the key irritant might go. Not a bad pretext for resuming talks, for instance, over arms control. We are definitely ready. Waiting."

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan

Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša

Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga

Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov

Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the leader of Taiwan. We regret the error.

ABC News' Julia Jacobo and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.

Related Topics