Just hours after Donald Trump became the U.S president-elect on Wednesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Trump on his win.
Ghani said in a statement that the U.S “is an essential and important strategic partner to Afghanistan in development of the country and fighting terrorism.”
“The government of Afghanistan hopes that in close cooperation with the new president of the United States, relations between the two countries expand further and develop in a way that is in the interest of the two countries and nations,” Ghani said.
He also wished Trump further success in fulfilling his new responsibility.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah also extended his congratulations to Trump for becoming the 45 president of the U.S.
He said in a statement: “Afghanistan and the United States are strategic allies and friends. Combating extremism and efforts to bring peace and stability are the top priorities of both countries.”
“With Mr Trump’s victory, the chief executive of Afghanistan expects the strength and expansion of strategic economic, military, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” he added.
He also wished Trump “good luck”.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram congratulating him.
The State Duma in the former Soviet Union also reportedly broke into thunderous applause upon news of Hillary Clinton’s defeat on Wednesday morning.
In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Putting expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state”.
Putin also said he had confidence in “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community”.
Reuters reported that French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Europe must not flinch in defending its interests and people now that Trump’s election win has added to the uncertainty created by Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.
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