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“Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harrison on taking office,” he tweeted today.

“The Australia-United States Alliance has never been more important.

“I wish you both great success during your time in office and look forward to working closely with your new administration.”

Scott Morrison addresses the media in Canberra.
Scott Morrison addresses the media in Canberra. (Alex Ellinghausen / The Sydney Morning Herald)

He joins other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, who welcomed Biden and the United States’ entry into the Paris Agreement.

“We will be stronger to meet the challenges of our time,” Macron tweeted.

“Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement.”

President Joe Biden listens during a virtual swearing-in ceremony for political appointees in the White House State Dining Room.
President Joe Biden listens during a virtual swearing-in ceremony for political appointees in the White House State Dining Room. (AP)

“America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to all of us, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden,” he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also issued his congratulations, slipping the slogan of Biden’s presidential campaign into his remarks.

“Canada and the United States have worked hand in hand to address some of the greatest challenges we have faced in our history,” he said.

Joe Biden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2013.
Joe Biden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2013. (AP)

“We will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will rebuild better for all.

“I look forward to working with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, their administration and the United States Congress as we strive to make our countries safer, more prosperous and more resilient.”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to Donald Trump, also wished to congratulate him.

“Congratulations to Joe Biden, 46th President of the United States,” he tweeted.

“The relationship between Brazil and the United States is old, solid, and founded on high values, such as the defense of democracy and individual freedoms.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued her congratulations in a statement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, talks with US President Donald Trump, sitting right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada (Photo: June 2018)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, talks with US President Donald Trump, sitting right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada (Photo: June 2018) (AP)

“I look forward to a new chapter of German-American friendship and cooperation,” he said.

Germany’s foreign minister said he was “very happy” that Biden became president.

“For the past four years we have seen what ‘America first’ meant: no coordination, no consultation,” Heiko Maas said.

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“We need the United States to be able to handle again the great challenges, the crises of this time.”


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