World leaders congratulate Donald Trump on election victory

NEW YORK — Hong Kong’s leader has congratulated Donald Trump on his U.S. election victory.

In a statement, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the government of the semiautonomous southern Chinese financial hub “looks forward to further deepening our links with the U.S.”

In Leung’s words, “Hong Kong and the U.S. enjoy close economic and trade ties, the two places have also established close connections in various areas such as education, innovation, culture and tourism.”

Both Trump and Leung are wealthy businessmen with backgrounds in real estate.

Australia’s prime minister says he spoke with Donald Trump over the telephone and the U.S. president-elect agrees on the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Australia and the importance of the U.S. military presence to the security of the Asia-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Trump “appreciates, honors” and “admires” the 65-year-old bilateral defense pact that requires the security partners to consult if either comes under attack but does not commit them to come to the other’s defense.

Turnbull would not say whether Trump plans to continue to increase the U.S. military buildup in Australia. He described their talk as “warm” and “very frank.”

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Cuban President Raul Castro has congratulated Donald Trump on the election victory, in what appears to have been a terse message to the man who could roll back two years of detente.

In a single-sentence statement, Cuba’s foreign ministry says Castro “sent a message of congratulations to Mr. Donald J. Trump for his election as president of the United States.”

A militant group responsible for attacks on oil installations says Donald Trump’s election victory gives hope to minorities in the West African nation.

The Niger Delta Avengers group said on its website Wednesday that Trump’s “hard fought victory against world establishments” is hope for more than 30 million members of minority communities in the Niger Delta region who have fought over resources with the government and Islamic forces.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he has spoken with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him and his family.

Pena Nieto says they agreed to meet during the transition period to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

He adds that it was a “cordial, friendly and respectful conversation.”

Pena Nieto said Wednesday in a brief televised address that when Mexico does well, so does the United States, and vice versa. He spoke of opening “new paths of cooperation and prosperity,” while promising to protect the rights and well-being of Mexicans everywhere.

Trump has vowed on the campaign trail to build a wall along the United States’ southern border and force Mexico to pay for it. He has also described migrants crossing the border illegally as criminals and rapists.

Trump met with Pena Nieto in late August in a surprise visit to Mexico City. Pena Nieto was widely criticized at the time for holding the meeting and for not confronting Trump more directly on the wall proposal and the candidate’s comments about Mexico.

 

Africa’s first elected female president is calling Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat a “missed opportunity” to advance women’s rights.

In an interview with the BBC, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia said Wednesday she is “extremely saddened” by Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, though she expects her West African nation to maintain good relations with the U.S.

Sirleaf was elected in 2005 as Liberia was emerging from 14 years of deadly civil conflict. As secretary of state, Clinton attended Sirleaf’s inauguration for a second term in 2012.

Liberia was founded by freed American slaves and is one of the U.S.’s closest allies on the continent.

 

Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega has sent a congratulatory greeting to Donald Trump, saying he and his people “believe it is possible to work with the United States” on the world’s problems, “giving priority to peace.”

Ortega on Sunday celebrated an electoral victory of his own, winning a third consecutive term as leader of the Central American country.

 

Venezuela’s foreign ministry is congratulating Donald Trump on his win and saying it hopes he can advance “respectful bilateral political and diplomatic relations.”

It also expresses hopes that the new chapter will be marked by “respect for non-intervention in internal affairs.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to overthrow the South American country’s government, a charge that has been rejected by State Department representatives

The two countries continue to engage in trade despite not having embassies in their respective capitals since 2010.

 

Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway don’t expect Donald Trump’s election win to affect their key relations with the United States.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, a self-made millionaire, says he was surprised by the U.S. election result, saying the polls “got it pretty badly wrong about Brexit as well.”

Sipila said that U.S. relations for Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, are of “paramount” importance and that Trump’s victory wouldn’t mean a change in the non-aligned county’s defense policy, its close ties to NATO or Finnish-Russian relations.

In Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said many people felt concerned about the U.S. election result, but that they had been “prepared” for it. He said Sweden has a long tradition of cooperation with U.S. governments “regardless of party political affiliations.”

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulated Donald Trump, saying “the United States is our closest ally. It is decisive that we continue the cooperation.”

In Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen “let’s give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.”

 

Iran’s president says the historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers “cannot be overturned by a single government.”

President Hassan Rouhani spoke Wednesday following the election of Donald Trump, a harsh critic of the deal, as U.S. president. Trump has suggested he would try to renegotiate the agreement under which Iran curbs its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions.

In remarks on Iranian state TV, Rouhani says the international position of the United States has been weakened “due to its recent wrong policies.” He says the U.S. election results show that America’s “sickness and civil instability will persist for a long time.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has congratulated Donald Trump, saying he is looking forward to continued support in his country’s fight against the extremist Islamic State group.

In a statement on his website, al-Abadi said Wednesday that he hopes the “world and the United States will continue support Iraq in fighting terrorism.” He says terrorism doesn’t threaten Iraq alone, but the whole world.”