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London- The reaction of world leaders was expected and traditional— countries accepted the will of the nation. Newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump received congratulations from everywhere but the European stance was the most surprising.

During his electoral campaign, Trump raised suspicion towards the benefit of U.S. spending on European defense through NATO. However, following his victory, the U.S. ambassadors to the European Union and NATO assured Europe that the active cooperation will continue after electing Trump as president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views,” adding, “I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.”

French President François Hollande called for European nations to unite to defend their interests. He said Wednesday’s result opens a period of uncertainty.

“I offer my congratulations, as it is natural to do between two heads of democratic states,” he added.

Hinting at climate change, previously denied by Trump, Hollande said he would open discussions with the new administration without delay stressing that “The United States is a partner of the first order for France.

“We would like to offer our congratulations to the new president, wishing him a truly fruitful mandate,” Vatican Cardinal Pietro Parolin said. “We also offer our prayers that the Lord will enlighten and sustain him in the service of his country, and at the service of world peace and prosperity,” he added.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also congratulated Trump on winning the U.S. presidency, state TV reported on Wednesday, telling him the two biggest economies in the world shared responsibility for promoting global development and prosperity.

“I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” Xi addressed Trump.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Trump for the friendship shown towards New Delhi during his campaign and said he looked forward to working with the U.S. billionaire to take India-U.S. ties to a new height.

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