May the world be a better place.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said Kuala Lumpur hoped there would be “new possibilities” in enhancing ties with Washington following Obama’s victory. TheStar
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today congratulated Barack Obama on his election as the president of the United States, and said he should give immediate attention to addressing issues to bring positive changes to the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Palestine. NST
China’s President Hu Jintao said he hoped bilateral ties could reach new highs while Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso pledged to work with Obama to strengthen relations. AFP
In Australia, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd praised the president-elect for turning Martin Luther King’s dream into a reality, and said the world looked to America for leadership. AFP
In war-torn Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of US troops are fighting Taliban militants, President Hamid Karzai said Obama’s win took the world into a “new era — an era where race, colour and ethnicity, I hope, will also disappear… in politics in the rest of the world.” AFP
India’s ruling Congress party said Obama’s “youthful energy” was in tune with the dynamism of the emerging country, adding it was confident that rapidly warming ties would grow stronger under Obama’s leadership. AFP
A statement from South Korea’s presidential palace expressed the hope for further development of relations with the United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in the country. AFP
Elsewhere in Asia, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman Lorelei Fajardo said Manila looked forward to greater cooperation with Washington, which has close military ties with the country. AFP
And Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he hoped the leadership change would boost the fight against the global economic crisis. AFP
Stephen Harper, the recently re-elected Conservative Prime Minister of Canada, expressed hope the new President would help redouble the ties between Canada and America. He said: “I look forward to meeting with the President-elect so that we can continue to strengthen the special bond that exists between Canada and the United States.
Relations between the US and Europe have been strained since the war in Iraq, but European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signalled that Barack Obama’s election could help repair broken bonds between the two powers.
Observing that the world was in turmoil and doubt, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Obama’s election has raised enormous hope in France, in Europe and beyond at a time when the world must face huge challenges together.
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said, “Africa, which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.”
Mynamar’s pro-democracy party headed by Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed Obama’s triumph but said time would tell if he could help open up the military-run country.
Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki, in his congratulatory message to Obama, said, “We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots. Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us here in Kenya.”
US’ all-weather ally Israel said bilateral ties would strengthen under Obama’s presidency. “Israel-US relations are a special relationship based on values and common interest…We have no doubt that the special ties between the two states will continue and strengthen under Obama’s presidency,” outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a statement.
In Iran, where the US is demonised as the ‘Great Satan’, prominent Member of Parliament Hamid Reza Haji Babai said Obama’s victory was an ‘opportunity and test’ and that the Islamic country has been waiting for a change. The election of Obama is positive, he said.