Contrasting reactions welcome reelection of Obama

Posted on November 08, 2012 by UNITED PHOTO PRESS MAGAZINE

Merkel effusively congratulated the re-elected U.S. president. The official Chinese reaction was favorable, but the Dalai Lama took the opportunity to remind you that the U.S. has forgotten the Tibetan people. Israel sent the congratulations of the practice, and Iran, unsurprisingly reminded injuries suffered at the hands of Obama. Even old ally Turkey barely disguised his coldness towards reelection.

At around 15h GMT, the Iranian Minister of Justice, Sadegh Laridschani, told the IRNA news agency that "after all this pressure and crimes against the Iranian people, are not possible from one day to the other relations with the U.S." . But three hours later, the same agency launched of its own making, a more conciliatory comment on the re-election: "It is hoped that the challenges to Obama on the eve of his second term as president consequences and lead to positive developments."

In Afghanistan, Sabijullah Mudschaid, Taliban spokesman warned that "Obama must now recognize that [the U.S.] have lost the war in Afghanistan." And urged the reelected president to withdraw U.S. troops, taking care "of problems of its own people."

Before that, on a backdrop of concerns assumed their protected Afghans on the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Obama received a message from Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed that relations with the U.S. "may be extended on the basis of interests common. "

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said the reelection remembering that "we were classmates for four years." He added: "I congratulate Obama. Successes of both [Obama and Romney] are meritorious. Appreciate the attitude adopted. Believe we can make steps more productive and improve the relationship between Turkey and the United States, because we know well."

The Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, was more enthusiastic and vowed to continue the "model partnership" between Turkey and the U.S..

But the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama sent a congratulatory message stating that "the strategic alliance between Israel and the United States is stronger than ever." But a member of Netanyahu's party, Likud, quoted in Ynetnews, had no mincing words: "Obama is not good for Israel, and we are concerned that he might pressure Israel to make concessions because of their cold relationship with Netanyahu."

The opposition party Kadima, in turn, criticized Netanyahu for having involved in the U.S. election campaign, along with Mitt Romney.

The chief negotiator of the Palestinian National Authority, Saheb Erekat expressed hope that Obama will focus on "democracy, peace and stability to the region this second term and to promote a two-state solution with Israel."

In Egypt, Yasser Ali, a spokesman for the president, congratulated "the American people for their choice", expressing the hope "that the newly elected U.S. administration to work in the interests of the American and Egyptian." Reference to candidate won and the need to "improve" relations with the U.S. are in the coded language of diplomacy, a congratulatory relativized, coming of an old pillar of NATO.

In China, the Xinhua agency unofficially commented: "As economic increases the rapport between the two nations, a new U.S. government should perhaps learn how a relationship can be built naos reasonably and constructively with China."

The Dalai Lama, however, appealed to the president reelected for internediasse between China and Tibet to seek a solution acceptable to both parties.

The Cuban government has been sparing with reactions to Obama's reelection, but the son of President Raul Castro, Colonel Alejandro Castro Espin said yesterday in Moscow Russia Today to jail, qie differences between Obama and Romney are "minimum", both of continuers an attitude of the Cold War. For its part, the unofficial site Aporrea already reacted to the election result with the formula emblematic: "The good news is that Romney lost, the bad news is that Obama won."

Also in Moscow, was circulating a different speech - that of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who hailed Obama's re-branded and partner "understandable and predictable", able to contribute to good relations between Russia and the United States .

In Europe, messages felicitiações of most heads of state and government, almost always guided by a friendly tone. But why not take advantage of some left to send their messages.

One was the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, who expressed his desire to see the accelerated withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in Germany. "That said Westerwelle, naturally applies to tactical nuclear weapons, which are stationed here. Now it is making the political objectives agreed also translate into tangible results."