Congratulatory messages are pouring in for Mr Donald Trump after he won the United States presidential election with over 270 votes.
The President of the European Union Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Mr Trump.
In a statement he released on Twitter, Mr Juncker expressed hopes that the EU and the US would strengthen relations through close cooperation.
The statement read: “The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy.
“Over the years, the European Union and the United States have worked together to ensure peace and prosperity for our citizens and for people around the world.
“Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations. only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the territorial integrity, climate change and migration.
“Fortunately, the EU-US strategic partnership is broad and deep; from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change, through EU-US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – we should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable.
“We should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic, Europeans trust that America, whose democratic ideals have always been a deacon of hope around the globe, will continue to invest in its partnership with friends and allies to help make our citizens and the people of the world more secure and more prosperous”.
He also invited Mr trump to visit Europe for an EU-US Summit at his ‘earliest convenience’, saying that the conversation would allow them “chart the course of our relations for the next four years”.
The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the EU Commission, Federica Mogherini, also reacted to Mr Trump’s victory on Twitter.
On his part, Nato Chief, Jens Stoltenberg, also expressed hopes that Nato would work with us president-elect in tackling security challenges.
One person that has been described as Trump’s supporter by Mrs Clinton, Mr Vladimir Putin, also sent a congratulatory message to the president-elect.
Mrs Clinton had said that Mr Trump would be Mr Putin’s puppet.
In a telegram to Mr Trump, Russian president congratulated Mr Trump and expressed confidence that Washington and Moscow would deepen relations.
The telegram read: “Mr Putin expressed confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on the principles of mutual respect and real consideration for each other’s positions, would be in the interest of the people of both countries and the whole world”.
Mr Trump had denied having any relationship with Mr Putin, saying he does not know him.
In Germany, government official said that the result was different from what many had hoped for, but stressed that Germany will accept the outcome.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she would like to continue Germany’s close co-operations with the United States, with democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human rights upheld as ideals.
A local newspaper in Germany reports that there is wide-spread shock and horror in Germany.
Donald Trump, a businessman, became the 45th American president after a race that he had described as tough.
He is the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests – a position he has said he will vacate prior to his assumption of the presidency.
In his victory speech minutes after he was called by Mrs Clinton to congratulate him and concede, he said he would uphold a united America and reclaim the nation’s destiny when he takes over.