WASHINGTON (AFP/REUTERS) - US President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming vice-president have now spoken to 29 foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Trump’s aides said on Wednesday (Nov 16).
Leaders from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan were missing from the list, as were any African heads of state and leaders from South-east Asia.
The list of more than two dozen leaders, which included the previously reported British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as new names like Mr Erdogan and Mr Modi, was published by Mr Trump’s team after a critical report by The New York Times which said the transition was in disarray.
Offices of foreign leaders were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower as they scrambled to get the future president on the phone, according to the daily.
But Mr Trump and his aides insisted on Wednesday that the transition process, including the naming of members of his Cabinet, was progressing smoothly.
The following leaders have spoken either with Mr Trump or Vice President-elect Mike Pence to offer their congratulations since their election victory last week:
Argentine President Mauricio Macri
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
British Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Chinese President Xi Jinping
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
French President Francois Hollande
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
King Abdullah II of Jordan
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Saudi King Salman
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon