How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden's inauguration

US President Joe Biden gives a speech after being sworn in in Washington on Jan 20, 2021.
US President Joe Biden gives a speech after being sworn in in Washington on Jan 20, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Here's how world leaders are reacting to US President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday (Jan 20), replacing Mr Donald Trump.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Twitter: 

"My warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden  on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership."

"Congratulations to @KamalaHarris on being sworn-in as @VP. It is a historic occasion. Looking forward to interacting with her to make India-USA relations more robust. The India-USA partnership is beneficial for our planet."

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, on Twitter:

“Congratulations to President @JoeBiden and Vice President #KamalaHarris on your inauguration. Japan and the United States are allies tied firmly by bonds and shared universal values.  “I look forward to working with you and your team to reinforce our alliance and to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.” 

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on Twitter:

 “@JoeBiden, congratulations on your inauguration. America is back. America’s new beginning will make democracy even greater.  Together with the Korean people, I stand by your journey toward ‘America United’.”

Taiwan President Tsai Ing Wen, in a statement from her office:

“President Tsai wishes the new Biden administration smooth policy implementation, and looks forward to building on the strong foundation of the Taiwan-U.S. partnership to further our bilateral collaboration, as well as the prosperity of, and friendship between, the people of both countries.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on Twitter:

“Congratulations President @JoeBiden and Vice-President #KamalaHarris on your #Inauguration today. Here’s to a healthier, fairer, safer, more sustainable world!” 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in a statement:

“We have a common investment in the international rules-based order and I welcome President Biden’s intentions for the US to re-join the Paris Agreement and halt its withdrawal from the World Health Organization.” “President Biden’s message of unity as he takes office is one that resonates with New Zealanders and, on behalf of New Zealand, I wish him well as he begins his presidency.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on Twitter: 

“Congratulations to President @JoeBiden and Vice President @KamalaHarris on your inauguration. The Australia-U.S. Alliance has never been more important. I wish you both every success for your time in office and look forward to working closely with your new administration.” 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in Parliament:

"I look forward to working with him (Mr Biden), and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic and strengthening our transatlantic security."

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying, at a press briefing: 

“In the past four years, the US administration has made fundamental mistakes in its strategic perception of China... interfering in China’s internal affairs, suppressing and smearing China, and causing serious damage to China-US relations. (The Biden administration) should look at China rationally and objectively, meet China halfway and, in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, push China-US relations back to the right track of healthy and stable development as soon as possible.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a tweet:

"The United States is back. And Europe stands ready. To reconnect with an old and trusted partner, to breathe new life into our cherished alliance. I look forward to working together with @JoeBiden."

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in a video statement:

"Today is a good day for democracy. In the United States of America, it has faced tremendous challenges - and endured. Despite the attempts to tear at America's institutional fabric, election workers and governors, the judiciary and Congress, have proven strong. I am greatly relieved that, today, Joe Biden is being sworn in as president and will be moving into the White House. I know many people in Germany share this feeling."

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a public event:

"The (election) victory of Biden represents the victory of democracy over the ultra-right and its three methods, the massive deception, the national division and the abuse, even violent, of democratic institutions... Five years ago, we thought Trump was a bad joke, but five years later we realized he jeopardised nothing less than the world's most powerful democracy."

Pope Francis, in a message to Mr Biden:

“Under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding.” “I likewise ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a public event: 

"The (election) victory of Biden represents the victory of democracy over the ultra-right and its three methods, the massive deception, the national division and the abuse, even violent, of democratic institutions... Five years ago, we thought Trump was a bad joke, but five years later we realized he jeopardized nothing less than the world’s most powerful democracy.”

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, speaking in Parliament on Tuesday:

"We are looking forward to the Biden presidency, with which we will start working immediately in view of our presidency of the G20. We have a strong common agenda, ranging from the effective multilateralism that we both want to see ,to climate change, green and digital transition and social inclusion."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, on extending the new start arms control treaty, speaking to reporters:

"Russia and its president are in favour of preserving this agreement... If our American colleagues will in fact demonstrate a political will to preserve this pact by extending it, this can only be welcomed."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: 

Canada and the United States “will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will build back better for everyone”. “We will also work together to advance climate action and clean economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and create good middle class jobs and opportunities for our people while contributing to democracy, peace, and security at home and around the world.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement:

"Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on your historic inauguration. President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world, and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran."

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum:

"There are no regrets at the departure of Trump, as he has been the biggest source and sponsor of injustice, violence and extremism in the world and the direct partner of the Israeli occupation in the aggression against our people." "US President Joe Biden must reverse the course of misguided and unjust policies against our people and lay the foundations for security and stability in the region."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a televised Cabinet meeting:

“The ball is in the US court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact.”

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (exiled in Lithuania) on Twitter: 

“Congratulations Joe Biden & Kamala Harris! Best wishes in your work on behalf of all United States people. Looking forward to working with you on developing relations between Belarus and US!”