How the Muslim world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden winning the US election

Countries such as the UAE and Egypt, which had friendly ties with the Trump administration, were among the earliest to welcome the announcement.

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Leaders in the Muslim world begun congratulating Joe Biden on winning the US election after various media outlets called the presidential race in his favor.

Here is how some leaders in the region have reacted to the news:

Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Biden and Haris, saying they look forward to “deepening/continuing” their strategic partnership with the United States, “including in counterterrorism and bringing peace to Afghanistan.”

Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Joe and Kamala, saying she foresees the bilateral relationship between the US and Bangladesh reaching higher heights in the coming days.

Egypt

The Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who has had friendly relations with the Trump administration, said he “looks forward to cooperation & work to enhance strategic relations” between the two countries.

In July, Biden issued a severe warning to Sisi, saying if elected president, there would be “no more blank checks for Donald’s ‘favorite dictator.’

Indonesia

President Joko Widodo expressed his “warm-hearted congratulations” to Biden & Harris. He said: “The massive turnout is a reflection of the aspiration placed on democracy.”

Iran

According to the Iranian state media, Iran’s vice-president said he hoped Biden’s administration would bring an end to “destructive US policies.”

“I hope we will see a change in the United States’ destructive policies, a return to the rule of law and international commitments & respect for nations,” Eshagh Jahangiri was quoted as expressing by Iranian state media.

Iranians “stood their ground dauntlessly until that coward left,” Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted, referring to Trump and the sanctions his administration has imposed on the nation.

Iraq

The Iraqi President, Barham Salih extended his congratulations to Biden, calling him a “trusted partner and a “friend.”

“Joe Biden (is) a friend and trusted ally in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to attain our common goals & strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East,” Salih tweeted on Saturday.

Jordan

Jordan’s King Abdullah II offered his congratulations to Biden and said that he wanted to progress the “historic partnership” between Jordan and Jordan.

“I look forward to working with you on proceeding the solid historic partnership between Jordan & the United States, in the matter of our common objectives of stability, prosperity, and peace,” the Jordanian monarch said.

Lebanon

According to the National News Agency (NNA), Lebanese President Michel Aoun voiced hope that Biden would “restore balance” to Lebanese-US ties.

Malaysia

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin congratulated Biden and reiterated the importance of the United States to Malaysia.

“I wish President-elect Joe Biden great success in his presidency, and look forward to meeting him personally when an opportunity arises,” he said.

Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Biden and called for “greater engagement with Africa.”

Buhari said he anticipated “enhanced cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, especially at diplomatic, economic, and political levels, including especially on the war against terrorism.”

He also called on Biden “to promote substantial engagement with Africa based on reciprocal respects and common interests.”

Oman

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said congratulated Biden on winning the US presidential election, the state news agency reported.

The Sultan sent a letter to Biden that expressed “his sincere congratulations for winning the American people’s confidence and for his election as President of the upcoming presidential term.”

Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he looked forward to working with Biden on eliminating “illegal tax havens” & establishing peace in Afghanistan.

“Look forward to President-Elect Biden’s Global Summit on Democracy & working with him to end illegal tax havens & stealth of nation’s wealth by corrupt leaders. We will also pursue to work with the US for peace in Afghanistan and the region,” he said on Twitter.

Palestine

On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Biden to “strengthen” relations between the Palestinians and Washington, which collapsed during Trump’s term in office.

In a statement congratulating Biden and Harris, Abbas urged the incoming administration “to strengthen the Palestinian-American relationship” and strive for Middle East “peace, stability, and security.”

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader Hanan Ashrawi tweeted “America Detrumped,” following the announcement that Biden had secured the presidency.

“The globe also needs to be able to breathe,” she added.

“Trumpism must be closely scrutinized and remedied to restore the human, moral, and legal equilibrium within and beyond the US.”

Qatar

The Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, congratulated Biden and Harris, saying he looked forward to strengthening the two countries’ close relations.

“Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden & Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. My best wishes to the American people, & I look forward to working together to continue strengthening the friendship between our nations,” he tweeted.

Sudan

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok congratulated Biden & Harris “on behalf of the Sudanese people.”

“Looking forward to working thoroughly with them both to pursue building bridges of friendship and cooperation between our two nations.” Hamdok tweeted.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ) said that he hoped for “further development & prosperity for the American people” in his congratulatory message to Biden and Harris.

“Congratulations to Joe Biden & Kamala Harris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further growth and prosperity for the American people,” he tweeted.

“The UAE & the USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together.”

Yemen

Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi congratulated Biden on his victory, saying he aspired to reinforce and develop his relationship with the US.

In a statement published by the president’s office, Hadi “expressed his best congratulations and sincere congratulations to his Excellency on this occasion…wishing him good health and delight and the friendly American government and people progress and prosperity”.

Simultaneously, Hani bin Breik, the vice president of Yemen’s separatist Southern Transition Council (STC), said they would work with “our American friends to counter terrorism and extremism in all its forms.”

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia initially remained silent on the US election for more than 24 hours, even as The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) sent warm words to Tanzania’s president on his re-election.

According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his son, MBS, finally congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the election late on Sunday.

“King Salman praised the distinguished, historical, and close relations between the two friendly countries and their people which everyone looks to strengthen and develop at all levels,” SPA added.

MbS’s close personal ties with Trump had provided a vital buffer against a tide of international criticism over Riyadh’s rights record sparked by the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh’s role in the Yemeni war, and the detention of women activists.

Turkey

Turkey has also opted to remain silent on the results of the US election. One senior Turkish government official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity: “People here are not impressed with the prospect [of a Biden presidency].”

While President Donald Trump may have alienated some on the world stage, his relations with Turkey have generally been good.

In a television interview over the summer, Trump said, “I get on very well with Erdoğan.”

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