The world welcomes Rishi Sunak as Britain’s new PM – Reuters

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PARIS, France — Rishi Sunak on Tuesday became Britain’s third prime minister this year and the first person of color to hold the top job, receiving a flurry of welcome messages from around the world.

Here is a selection of the best reactions from world leaders:

Biden welcomes ‘revolutionary’ PM – Even before Sunak was appointed prime minister by King Charles III – the monarch’s first new head of government since taking over from his mother Elizabeth II – US President Joe Biden said he was “revolutionary that Britain be run by a person of Indian descent.

“It’s quite amazing, a revolutionary step and it’s important,” Biden said during a White House celebration of India’s Diwali festival on Monday.

– Zelensky wants a strong partnership – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on social media that he hoped Sunak would be able “to successfully overcome all the challenges facing British society and the whole world today”.

He added that he was “ready to continue to strengthen the Ukrainian-British strategic partnership”, after months with London as one of Kyiv’s most vocal supporters against the Russian invasion in February.

– “Meeting the challenges” with France – Emmanuel Macron tweeted that “together we will continue to work to meet the challenges of the moment, including the war in Ukraine and its many consequences for Europe and the world”.

– Italy is ‘eager’ to cooperate – From Italy, newly installed Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said she was “looking forward to cooperating with (Sunak) and his cabinet on common challenges, defending our common values ​​of freedom and democracy”. – “Close friends” of Germany – “I look forward to our continued cooperation and partnership in NATO and (the) G7 as close friends,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted.

– “Positive relations between the EU and the United Kingdom” – Maros Sefcovic, the European Union’s spokesperson on post-Brexit relations with Britain, said “a positive relationship between the EU and the UK is of strategic importance”.

He pledged to work for “a partnership in full respect of our agreements” – including the contentious issue of the UK province of Northern Ireland’s land border with EU member Ireland.

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that “in these difficult times for our continent, we count on a strong relationship with the United Kingdom to defend our common values”.

– Russia sees no hope for improvement – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that in Moscow “we see no preconditions, motives or hopes that in the foreseeable future there will be positive changes” in relations between the UK and Russia.

– Nigeria welcomes ‘milestones’ – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that with Sunak “as the first prime minister of Anglo-Asian descent and the youngest for some 200 years, these milestones will be particularly inspiring for the young people” of the Commonwealth, the association mainly of former British colonies.

“We seek to deepen our partnership with Britain” to address challenges such as terrorism, food insecurity, energy and climate change, Buhari added.

– Addressing global concerns with Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hoped to strengthen what was already “one of the strongest relations between two countries” by jointly addressing global concerns, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, economic uncertainty and climate change.

Trudeau said he also hoped for a “comprehensive, ambitious and inclusive Canada-UK free trade agreement.”

– Special Diwali Wishes from Modi – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not wait for Sunak’s official appointment, sending his congratulations via Twitter on Monday.

“As you become UK Prime Minister, I look forward to working closely on global issues,” Modi wrote.

“Special Diwali wishes for the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership,” he added.

Sunak is married to an Indian, Akshata Murty, the daughter of the co-founder of computer giant Infosys.

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