World leaders congratulate president-elect, Donald Trump

Aliyu Othman

US President Barack Obama and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

World leaders have continued to send congratulatory messages to US president-elect Donald Trump, assuring him of continuous bilateral relations that will be mutually inclusive.

The Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he was ready to work with Donald Trump, extending a hand to the US president-elect despite his attacks on immigrants from Mexico.

Trump’s victory shocked Mexicans, who were angered by the Republican billionaire’s description of migrants as rapists and drug dealers.

“Mexico and the US are friends, partners and allies who must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America.”

The Russian President Vladimir Putin was also one of the first to congratulate Trump, saying he hoped to “bring US-Russian relations out of their state of crisis.”

Russia welcomed Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election with a “great sense of relief,” based on what the Russians termed “ a real sense that with Hillary Clinton the Cold War would have returned.”

The Saudi Arabian King Salman while congratulating Trump for his win, praised the “historic and tight” ties with the United States and wished him success “in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while congratulating Trump on his win, called him a “true friend” of the Jewish state.

“I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Natanyahu said in a statement.

“I am confident that president-elect Trump and I, will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

The Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said: ” We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state.”

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his tweet handle thanked Trump for the “friendship” shown to India during the campaign.

Trump courted Indian-American voters in the run-up to election day and released a campaign advertisement in Hindi for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Modi assured Trump of continued mutually beneficial working relations in the years ahead to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height.

The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call was the first international call Trump received to congratulate him after winning the election. The Egyptian President said: “We, in Egypt love Trump, not Hillary …Trump’s relationship with us is nice”

The South African President Jacob Zuma also sent his congratulations in a statement where he conveyed his best wishes on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa.

Zuma said he looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries.