India's Hindu Sena celebrates Trump victory

Updated 09 Nov 2016

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A far-right Hindu group which has been one of Donald Trump's most avid overseas cheerleaders began celebrating in New Delhi Wednesday as the Republican pulled off a shock US presidential election victory.

Vishnu Gupta, chief of the ultra-nationalist 'Hindu Sena' outfit, said supporters had taken to the streets to bang traditional drums even before Trump claimed victory and would also distribute celebratory sweets.

Trump's hardline rhetoric towards Muslims has found favour in some quarters in India, the world's largest democracy which has had its fair share of tensions between the majority Hindu population and its Muslim minority.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was before his 2014 election regarded as an international pariah after deadly communal riots broke out in the state of Gujarat more than a decade ago when he was chief minister. Most of the victims were Muslims.

Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and Gupta said his message had wide resonance.

“We predicted that he would win five days ago— there is a huge support for him, his ideas, and we could see that,” Gupta told AFP.

“Now terrorists will be hunted everywhere in the world, even if they go and hide in a cave. Now only God can help Pakistan. India will now have the support of the US in our efforts against terrorists. We will be together in this. Donald Trump will do what no other US president has been able to do before. We are happy. All terrorists should now run and hide.”

Gupta's group held a special prayer session for Trump in New Delhi back in May when he was seen as a long shot for the presidency, hailing him as a “fighter and a saviour of humanity”.

They also celebrated his birthday in June with a cake, balloons and posters.

China to work with Trump, enhance bilateral ties

China said it will work with the new US president Donald Trump to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral ties.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks at a regular news briefing on Wednesday as Republican Donald Trump moved to the brink of winning the White House.

Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in a shocking defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In his presidential address, Trump said, "We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us... Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best."

"While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone," he said.

Putin congratulates Trump, hopes to work together

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in US elections, hoping to work with him to improve relations, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin "expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition as well as on working out outstanding issues on the international agenda” in his congratulatory telegram, the Kremlin said.

"The President of Russia also expressed certainty that building constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington" would "be in the interest of the people of our countries and the entire world community."

Putin has tacitly supported Trump during the campaign, while Trump repeatedly flattered and praised the Russian leader and said he was willing to work with him.

Russia's parliament on Wednesday broke into applause upon learning of Trump's stunning upset victory over Hillary Clinton, who is seen as anti-Russian by many in the Russian establishment, mostly due to her stint as Secretary of State in 2009-2013.

Must accept Trump win but not what most Germans wanted

Germany's foreign minister said on Wednesday that US Republican Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election was not what most Germans had wanted and added that Washington's foreign policy would no longer be as foreseeable as it has been.

"The result is not to be underestimated. The result is different from what most people in Germany desired. But of course we have to accept it," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

"In the course of the election campaign Donald Trump has found critical words about Europe and Germany. We must adjust to the fact that American foreign policy will get less predictable in the near future," he added.

UK PM may says looks forward to working with Trump, building ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Donald Trump on winning the US presidency on Wednesday, saying Britain and the United States would remain "strong and close partners on trade, security and defence".

Before being appointed prime minister, May had criticised Trump's call for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was divisive, unhelpful and wrong.

She also called his suggestion that parts of London were so radicalised that the police dare not enter them "nonsense", saying: "I think it shows that he doesn't understand the United Kingdom and what happens in the United Kingdom."

But since Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union in June prompted the resignation of her predecessor David Cameron and led to her appointment as leader, May has been careful not to pass comment on the former reality TV host.

In a statement, May said Trump had won a "hard-fought campaign" and that she wanted the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States to endure.

"I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign," May said.

"Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence."

"I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead."

EU's Mogherini says EU-US ties deeper than any change in politics

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the European Union and the United States would continue to work together following Donald Trump's election as US president.

“EU-US ties are deeper than any change in politics. We'll continue to work together, rediscovering the strength of Europe,” Mogherini, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in a tweet.

EU officials and diplomats said European governments may need to strengthen their own cooperation if a Trump administration pulls back from international commitments.

Japan's Abe congratulates Trump, calls nations 'unshakeable allies'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Donald Trump on his election as US president and vowed that the countries will maintain their close relationship.

"I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States," Abe said in a statement.

"The stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which is the driving force of the global economy, brings peace and prosperity to the United States," Abe said.

"Japan and the United States are unshakeable allies connected by common values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and rule of law."

Concern in Japan, a close security ally of the US and a major trading partner, had grown during the campaign on Trump's opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

He also called for Tokyo to pay more to support the two countries' security alliance.

Other Trump comments, suggesting that Japan ─ the only country to suffer atomic bomb attacks ─ might want to consider developing nuclear weapons to combat threats from North Korea, also drew criticism.

Palestinians urge Trump to work towards their state

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's office called on US president-elect Donald Trump to work towards a Palestinian state, with peace efforts with Israel long at a standstill.

“We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP, referring to the year when Israel occupied the West Bank.

Abu Rudeina said failure to resolve the decades old conflict would mean “the unstable situation will continue in the region”.

The Palestinians remain deeply divided, with Abbas's secular Fatah party dominating in the West Bank and Islamist movement Hamas in power in the Gaza Strip.

Reacting to Trump's victory, Hamas said it did not expect a change in US “bias” against the Palestinians.

“The Palestinian people do not count much on any change in the US presidency because the US policy towards the Palestinian issue is a consistent policy on the basis of bias,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

“Nevertheless, we hope that US president Trump will re-evaluate this policy and re-balance it on the Palestinian issue.” Peace efforts have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.

Much remains unclear about how Trump will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however he has already controversially said that he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Iran's Zarif urges Trump to stick to international accords

Iran's foreign minister called Wednesday on US president-elect Donald Trump to stick to international accords, following comments during the Republican's campaign that he would tear up the nuclear deal with Tehran.

"Every US president has to understand the realities of today's world. The most important thing is that the future US president sticks to agreements, to engagements undertaken," Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Romania.