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Obama's Re-Election Sparks Positive Reaction From World Leaders

Sophie Elkus |
November 7, 2012 | 4:06 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

World leaders have welcomed news of Obama's re-election. (Creative Commons)
World leaders have welcomed news of Obama's re-election. (Creative Commons)
Foreign leaders reacted to Obama’s re-election Wednesday morning with a widely positive attitude, especially from European counterparts, CBS reported.

A less enthusiastic response came from leadership in the Middle East, representative of the foreign affairs challenge that Obama will face during his second term.

Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron congratulated Obama, noting that he “enjoy[s] working with him. I think he is a very successful American president and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Similarly, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said, “the strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel.”

More positive responses came from the government leaders of France, Israel, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

A negative reaction came from Mohammad Shtayyeh, Aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who considered Obama the lesser of two evils.

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"President Obama has spent four years in office, unfortunately he hasn't done much for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On the other hand, we have seen Romney making statements that are really not helpful at all in the peace process, very biased toward the issue of Israel.”

He continued to explain that concerning foreign policy, “Israel was mentioned 32 times; there was no mention whatsoever of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, so it seems to us really we have to choose between the bad and the worst." 

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