- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 7, 2020

Congratulatory messages are pouring in Saturday from around the world after major news organizations called the U.S. presidential election for Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the U.S. as its “most important ally” and said he is looking “forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted “Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “really looking forward to working together and building” on the historic U.S.-Canadian relationship.

“Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies,” Mr. Trudeau tweeted. “We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, meanwhile, greeted the news in a televised speech by complaining about “economic terrorism” from the outgoing Trump administration.

“Our country’s decision has always been clear and our nation will continue its resistance and patience under any circumstances until the other side bows down to law,” Mr. Rouhani said, before expressing his hope for a less antagonistic relationship with an incoming Biden administration.

“We hope that the experience of these three years has been a lesson to them that will make the next U.S. administration follow the law and return to all its commitments.”

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated the president-elect and stressed to Mr. Biden “the aspiration for cooperation and joint action to strengthen the strategic bilateral relations between Egypt and the United States, in the interest of the two friendly countries and peoples,” according to a statement from presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun in a statement said that he hopes “the balance in Lebanese-American relations will return” under a Biden administration.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in a tweet sent his “best wishes to the people of the United States and I look forward to working together to continue strengthening the friendship between our countries.”

• Lauren Toms can be reached at lmeier@washingtontimes.com.

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