Stunned world leaders guarded in response

Stunned world leaders guarded in response

Washington - China's President Xi Jinping sent congratulations to Trump and said he looked forward to working with him, CCTV reported


Published: Wed 9 Nov 2016, 7:11 PM

Last updated: Wed 9 Nov 2016, 9:11 PM

 As the world was on Wednesday stunned by Donald Trump's jaw-dropping victory in the US presidential election, world leaders were guarded in their reaction to the development while allies congratulated him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was accused by Hillary Clinton of closeness to Trump, sent the winner a telegram to congratulate him and said Moscow is "ready to do our part and do everything to return relations to the trajectory of development".
Congratulating Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the UK and US had an "enduring and special relationship" and would remain "close partners" on trade, security and defence.
China's President Xi Jinping sent congratulations to Trump and said he looked forward to working with him, CCTV reported.
French President Francois Hollande, who had earlier said Trump made him want to retch, warned his victory "opens a period of uncertainty".
Iranian President Hassan Rohani said there was "no possibility" of its nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by Trump despite his threat to dismantle it.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia expressed hope Trump would bring stability to the Middle East. "We wish your excellency success in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide,"King Salman said. - PTI
Putin "expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US- Russia relations out of their critical condition as well as on working out outstanding issues on the international agenda" in his congratulatory telegram, the Kremlin said.
"I highly value China-US relations, and look forward to working together with you, and holding fast to mutual respect and non-conflict, non-confrontation," the channel cited Xi as saying in its nightly national broadcast.
During the campaign, Trump had accused China of snatching the jobs of the Americans. He had earlier claimed that Americans are living through the "greatest jobs theft" in the history of the world, saying US companies were moving out jobs to countries like China, Mexico and Singapore.
"This American election opens a period of uncertainty," he said in a statement that offered only brief congratulations to the controversial billionaire.
"Iran's understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government," state television quoted Rouhani as telling his cabinet.

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