Leaders, people across the world react to Trump’s victory

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

World leaders, presidents and prime ministers, officials, politicians, people from all walks of life and even the Taliban in Afghanistan are reacting to Donald Trump’s astounding victory as America’s 45th president.

Here are the highlights of what some of them said on Wednesday:

putin_cbs“Russia is ready and wants to restore full-format relations with the United States. Let me repeat. We proceed from the fact that this will be an uneasy way but we’re ready both to cover our part of the distance and do everything to return the Russian-U.S. relations to the steady development trajectory.”

-Russian President Vladimir Putin


theresa_may“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.”

-British Prime Minister Theresa May


shinzo_abe“As a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents, you not only made a great contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States.”

-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


marine_lepen“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and the American people, free!”


-France’s populist, anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen


angela_merkel“Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views. On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation.”

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel


israel_prime_minister“I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


pietro_parolin“There is need for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is in a situation of severe lacerations and great conflict.”


-Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin


iran_foreign_minister“This is the American people’s choice. But a person who is the president of the United States should have a correct understanding of the realities of the world and our region and face it realistically. America has accepted the nuclear deal as a multilateral international commitment and it will have to implement the nuclear deal.”

-Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif


iran_president“The U.S. presidential election results have shown that this country’s sickness and civil instability will persist for a long time, and it takes a long time to solve these disagreements and internal problems.”

-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani


iraq_prime_minister“We are looking forward to the continued support from the United States and the world in the fight against terrorism, which doesn’t threaten Iraq only, but the whole world.”

-Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi


“Concerning his (Trump’s) statements on Islam, of course nobody accepts these ideas and personally, I am against anyone who might harbor such ideas or divisive thinking about religion or origins.”

-Khawlah Mousa, a Baghdad municipality official who wears a traditional woman’s headscarf.


“And so ends the influence of America on international affairs. Good luck America. You need it.”

-Canadian climate scientist and British Columbia parliament member Andrew Weaver.


“He should withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, should not praise defeated generals as previous administrations have done, and also should refrain from harming American’s dignity, economy or soldiers any further in this fight.”

-The Taliban in Afghanistan, in a message to Trump

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