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Praise and dread greeet Trump's victory; Nations worldwide gave a mixed response to Donald Trump's march to the Whhite House. Here are snapshots of the sentiment around the globe...

| EUROPEAN UNION EU leaders invited Mr Trump to visit the 28-nation bloc to assess trans-Atlantic ties.

With "sincere congratulations", EU Council president Donald Tusk and his Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker said that, despite Trump's campaign talk of protectionism and isolationism, both sides "should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic."

Tusk famously quoted his wife during the US election campaign, saying "One Donald is more than enough!" Tusk and Juncker said "it is more important than ever to strengthen trans-Atlantic relations." That is why they invited Trump to come over for a visit "at your earliest convenience."

| RUSSIA Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is ready to try to restore good relations with the US in the wake of Mr Trump's election.

Mr Putin said: "We are aware it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States. It is not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a state."

The Kremlin said Mr Putin sent Mr Trump a telegram of congratulations, expressing "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state". Mr Putin also said ties between Moscow and Washington must be "based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other's positions".

| MEXICO "It's DEFCON 2," said Mexican analyst Alejandro Hope. "Probably something as close to a national emergency as Mexico has faced in many decades. It depends if he means what he says and if he can do what he claims he wants to do. A massive deportation campaign could really put some stress on Mexican border communities. A renegotiation of Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement) could seriously hobble the Mexican economy. It could create a lot of uncertainty. Financial markets could suffer."

| CHINA President Xi Jinping conveyed his congratulations to Mr Trump, saying he looked forward to working with him on promoting ties in a "constructive" way that avoids conflict and confrontation. Chinese state media outlets cast the US election as the embodiment of America's democracy in crisis, in contrast to China's perceived stability under authoritarian rule.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the campaign had highlighted that "the majority of Americans are rebelling against the US's political class and financial elites".

| GERMANY German chancellor Angela Merkel offered Mr Trump "close cooperation" on the basis of shared trans-Atlantic values that she says include respect for human dignity regardless of people's origin, gender or religion.

Mrs Merkel said the campaign which ended in Mr Trump's victory featured "confrontations that were difficult to bear".

Mrs Merkel stressed Germany's close historical connection with the United States: "Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views."

She added: "On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close co-operation."

She said the partnership with the US "is a foundation stone of German foreign policy."

| FRANCE President Francois Hollande said Mr Trump's election "opens a period of uncertainty" that "must be faced with lucidity and clarity".

Mr Hollande congratulated Mr Trump "as is natural between two heads of state", but showed little enthusiasm. Mr Hollande had openly endorsed Hillary Clinton and said he was thinking of her.

Mr Hollande said "certain positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be confronted with the values and interests we share with the United States".

He said: "What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East. It is economic relations and the preservation of the planet."

Populist anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen, who is hoping to ride France's own anti-establishment sentiment to victory in spring presidential elections, tweeted her support to the "American people, free!".

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed concern about Mr Trump and said: "We don't want a world where egoism triumphs."

| IRAQ The Iraqi government said relations with the US have a "solid base" and this is not expected to change after Mr Trump's election.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi, said Iraq is keen to develop its relations with the US and "boost co-operation in the fight against terrorism".

He noted the leading US role in the current battle to push back Islamic State extremists in Iraq's north.

| CUBA Communist Party member and noted economist and political scientist Esteban Morales told the Telesur network Cubans "must be worried because I think this represents a new chapter".

Carlos Alzugaray, a political scientist and retired Cuban diplomat, said Mr Trump's victory could please some hard-liners in the Cuban leadership who worried that the country was moving too close to the United States too quickly.

Normalisation of relations has set off a tourism boom in Cuba and visits by hundreds of executives from the US and dozens of other nations newly interested in doing business on the island.

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| NETHERLANDS Populist Dutch anti-Islam legislator Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections in March, called Mr Trump's win: "A historic victory! A revolution."

Looking ahead to the Dutch vote, he finished his tweet: "We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands."

| ISRAEL Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr Trump a "true friend of the state of Israel".

Mr Netanyahu said he believes the two leaders "will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights".

| AUSTRALIA Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country will work "as closely as ever" with the US.

Foreign minister Julie Bishop said the new administration will face a number of challenges, including in Asia-Pacific, and Australia wants to work constructively with the new government to ensure the continued presence and leadership of the US in the region.

She called the US "our major security ally" and the largest foreign direct investor and the second-largest trading partner.

| IRAN Iran's semi-official news agency Tasnim quoted the country's foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif as saying the US needs to implement its part of multi-lateral international commitments under last year's historic nuclear deal.

During the campaign, Mr Trump criticised the deal and suggested he would try to renegotiate it. Mr Zarif was quoted as saying that any US president "should have a correct understanding of realities of the world and our region and face them realistically".

Mr Zarif said America has accepted multi-lateral international commitments and has to "implement the nuclear deal".

| PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte, who has previously lashed out at Mr Obama for criticising his controversial anti-drug crackdown, congratulated Mr Trump.

Mr Duterte, who took office in June, has had an uneasy relation with the US. The 71-year-old has announced his desire to scale back joint combat drills with the US military and end the presence of foreign troops, including Americans, in the country in two years.

In a statement, however, the tough-talking leader was unusually diplomatic: "President Duterte wishes president-elect Trump success in the next four years as chief executive and commander-in chief of the US military," communications secretary Martin Andanar said.

| INDIA Indian prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr Trump, tweeting: "We appreciate the friendship you have articulated toward India during your campaign."

He added that "we look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height."

| IRELAND Mr Trump's victory is being viewed with shock and revulsion in Ireland.

The country is close to the Clintons and fearful of Mr Trump's campaign pledge to confront US companies using Ireland as a tax shelter. The Irish Times said the New York businessman would fan instability overseas and intolerance at home.

| EGYPT Egypt's president congratulated Mr Trump on winning the US presidential election, saying Cairo wants to see more "co-operation and coordination" between the two nations to bolster stability and peace in the Middle East.

Cairo receives more than $1bn annually in US military and economic aid under an assistance programme that began in the 1970s to reward Egypt for signing a peace treaty with Israel.

| MALAYSIA Malaysia's prime minister congratulated Mr Trump on his "extraordinary victory," saying his success showed that politicians should never take voters for granted.

Najib Razak is a possible beneficiary of what could be an inwardlooking US under a Trump presidency. He is embroiled in a scandal over the alleged theft by his associates of several billion dollars from a state investment fund. A US Justice Department probe has linked Najib to the embezzlement.

| HUNGARY Hungary's Prime Minister said Mr Trump's victory is "great news" and shows "democracy is still alive".

Viktor Orban has often been criticised by the United States.

| PALESTINE President Mahmoud Abbas said he "congratulates the elected American president, Donald Trump, and hopes that peace will be achieved during his term".


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Date:Nov 10, 2016
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