GLOBAL - Following the election of Donald Trump as the new US president governments around the world are calling on the US to cooperate and increase trade relations.
In a congratulatory letter sent to Mr Trump, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said: "We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America. 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."
"We should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic. Europeans trust that America, whose democratic ideals have always been a beacon of hope around the globe, will continue to invest in its partnerships with friends and allies, to help make our citizens and the people of the world more secure and more prosperous."
South Africa is also calling on Mr Trump to increase trade relations, especially with the African continent.
The Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation said Donald Trump should continue deepening aid and increase trade relations with Africa.
“The … United States needs the world and the world needs the United States for stability and a prosperous future,” said acting committee chairperson Bheki Radebe in his congratulatory message.
“President-elect Trump has an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that he is for development and prosperity, in line with his campaign message of making America great again,” Mr Radebe said.
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