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World leaders have begun congratulating Donald Trump on his historic win, with Malcolm Turnbull and the Russian and British premiers highlighting their strong ties with the United States, but Germany has expressed its concern about the Republican

 

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated businessman Donald Trump on his victory in the U.S. presidential election in a telegram on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.

“Putin expressed hope for joint work to restore Russian-American relations from their state of crisis, and also to address pressing international issues and search for effective responses to challenges concerning global security,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin also said he was sure a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington would serve the interests of both countries, the Kremlin said.

Britain

 British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Mr Trump and said Britain and the US would remain “strong and close partners on trade, security and defence”.

 

Ms May had criticised Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was divisive, unhelpful and wrong.

 

But since Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union in June prompted her appointment as leader, Ms May has been careful not to pass comment on the former reality TV host.

 

Also in Britain, controversial former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage congratulated Mr Trump

 

Germany

 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the result was “different from what most people in Germany desired. But of course we have to accept it”.

 

“In the course of the election campaign Donald Trump has found critical words about Europe and Germany. We must adjust to the fact that American foreign policy will get less predictable in the near future,” he added.

 

But he told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that it was IMPORTANT to maintain good trans-Atlantic relations which he likened to “the foundations of the West.”

 

He said Germany would seek dialogue with the Trump administration, but warned that American foreign policy would likely become “less predictable.”

 

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen called for Germany to act as a bridge-builder with Mr Trump, saying clear answers on his views on Iraq, Syria and ties to Europe were needed.

 

Philippines

 President Rodrigo Duterte sent his regards in an official statement.

 

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to Mr. Donald Trump on his recent electoral victory as President of the United States of America,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

 

“President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in[-]chief of the US military, and looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law,” he wrote.

 

Egypt

 

Egypt’s president has congratulated Donald Trump, saying Cairo wants to see more “cooperation and coordination” between the two nations to bolster stability and peace in the Middle East.

 

According to a statement by his office on Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi telephoned Trump to offer his congratulations and invited him to VISIT Egypt.

 

Mr el-Sissi met separately with Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in New York in September.

 

Mr el-Sissi later said in an interview with CNN that Trump “without a doubt” would make a strong leader.

 

Malaysia

 

Malaysia’s prime minister has labelled Mr Trumps win as an “extraordinary victory,” saying his success showed that politicians should never take voters for granted.

 

Najib Razak is a possible beneficiary of what could be an inward-looking US under a Trump presidency.

 

He is embroiled in a scandal over the alleged theft by his associates of several billion dollars from a state investment fund.

 

A US Justice Department probe has linked Mr Najib to the embezzlement.

 

Mr Najib said opinion polls and established political figures all underestimated the strength of Trump’s support.

 

He said that Trump’s “appeal to Americans who have been left behind, those who want to see their government more focused on their interests and welfare, and less embroiled in foreign interventions that proved to be against US interests, have won Mr. Trump the White House.”

 

France

 

French President Francois Hollande has congratulated Mr Trump on victory and said the election result opened a period of uncertainty.

 

“I congratulate him as is natural between two democratic heads of state,” Mr Hollande said.

 

“This American election opens a period of uncertainty.”

 

France would be vigilant and frank in its talks with the new administration on international issues, he said, adding that Mr Trump’s victory showed that France needed to be stronger and that Europe needed to be united.

 

A presidential official said Mr Hollande had spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel before making his declaration.

 

Iran

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US election results would have no effect on Tehran’s policies, noting that Iran’s expanding economic ties with the world were irreversible.

 

“The results of the US election have no effect on the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mr Rouhani said.

 

“Iran’s policy for constructive engagement with the world and the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions have made our economic relations with all countries expanding and irreversible.”

 

He added that Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers had been reflected in a United Nation Security Council resolution and could not be dismissed by one government.

 

Israel

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed confidence that he and Mr Donald Trump could work together to bring US-Israeli relations to “new heights”.

 

In a statement congratulating the Republican candidate, Mr Netanyahu said: “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”

 

“I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights,” the right-wing leader, who has had a rocky relationship with outgoing Mr Obama, said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-09/world-leaders-react-to-trump-win/8010882

 

 

ABC/Reuters

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