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U.S. allies greet Biden as next president

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Some of the United States’ biggest and closest allies quickly congratulated Joe Biden on his presidential election victory on Saturday even though Donald Trump, with whom several have had rocky relations, had yet to concede.

Germany, Canada, and France, which have had strained ties with the Trump administration despite being its G7 and NATO partners, were among the first to recognize Biden’s victory, soon after major U.S. television networks declared it.

“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement on Twitter. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”

Merkel’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, went further, suggesting a Biden administration could mark a reset of trans-Atlantic ties.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he looked forward to tackling “the world’s greatest challenges” with the new administration, including climate change, an issue with which many nations have argued over with Trump.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has had a much smoother relationship with Trump, also picked up the theme of climate change in congratulating Biden.

“The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

Washington formally quit the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions on Wednesday, fulfilling a pledge by Trump to withdraw the world’s second-largest emitter from the pact. Biden has promised to rejoin the agreement if elected.

“The Americans have chosen their President,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted. “We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

Many leaders did not mention Trump, but Spain’s far-left deputy prime minister, Pablo Iglesias, said his departure as president would leave the far-right weakened around the world.

“Trump is confirmed to have lost the election. This is good news for the planet, as the global far-right loses its most powerful political asset,” Iglesias tweeted.

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