Donald Trump, Mike Pence have spoken with nearly 30 foreign leaders

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a Nov 9, 2016, file photo.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a Nov 9, 2016, file photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

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