Leaders congratulate Biden on win

Looking towards the future: Malaysia looks forward to strengthening further its partnership with the US under Biden’s leadership, said Muhyiddin. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia hopes to expand its partnership with the United States on the global front on a variety of issues, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Congratulating Democratic president-elect Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential polls and calling it historic, the Prime Minister said he hoped to meet him soon.

He said Americans decided decisively in endorsing Biden as the 46th US president on his leadership and vision.

“As a fast growing developing country, Malaysia attaches great importance to its relations with the US.

“The US-Malaysia Comprehensive Partnership continues to be an overarching framework for pro-active, multifaceted and mutually beneficial collaboration between our two countries.

“Malaysia looks forward to strengthening further its partnership with the US under Biden’s leadership as the international community seeks to address the many global challenges, including the disastrous impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Muhyiddin said in a statement yesterday.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein hoped that Biden’s entry into the White House would propel the US-Malaysia diplomatic relationship further.

“Congratulations to president-elect Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris on their win in 2020 US presidential election.

“Malaysia attaches great importance to its relations with the US and I personally look forward to working closely to advance our US-Malaysia partnership to greater heights,” Hishammuddin said in a tweet yesterday.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, in his congratulatory message, said Malaysia looked forward to a better Asean-US economic partnership and promotion of free trade and multilateral engagement.

“While the global economy faces major challenges, we are optimistic that Biden will ensure that Malaysia-US trade relations remains strong and vibrant.

“We are also hopeful that the US business community will continue to explore further opportunities for greater direct investments in Malaysia.

“Malaysia also looks forward to a continued fruitful partnership especially in efforts to reinvigorate the regional economy as well as greater US participation in the promotion of free trade and multilateral engagement among members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation,” said Azmin, who is the International Trade and Industry Minister.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said the victory of Biden and Harris proved the power of democracy.

“The two represent a combination of strengths within a democracy that is still working, albeit its weaknesses and critics.

“We know democracy is not perfect, but is still the best system created by men, where in different parts of the world, there are also efforts to reconcile it with religious and cultural values, in order that it is more widely embraced.

“Harris’ win is also an important example of women empowerment – a milestone in breaking the glass ceiling. It is also about recognition of multiculturalism that should be celebrated,” Saifuddin said when contacted.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hailed the victory of the US Democrats in the presidential elections as a win over racism and one for human rights.

“Malaysia and the US have a long history in trade and bilateral relations and it is my sincere wish for this relationship to be further strengthened together,” he tweeted.

The US presidential polls closed on Nov 3 but Biden was only projected to have secured enough electoral college votes after securing an insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

His victory in the key battleground state gave him 273 electoral votes, surpassing the 270 majority needed to win the presidency.

Biden’s win is a historic milestone, as his running mate Harris will be the first woman and first Black and Asian-American person to serve as vice-president.

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