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President Donald Trump: Middle East leaders react

Middle East leaders have released their responses – greetings, congratulations and otherwise – to Donald Trump, who won the US presidential election 2016 on Wednesday.


Egypt hopes for new era of closer ties

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was the first to telephone Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the election. Al Sisi said he hoped Trump’s tenure would bring in a new era of closer ties with Washington.

“The Egyptian Arab Republic is looking forward to the period of Donald Trump’s presidency to imbue new spirit into the path of Egyptian-American ties with more cooperation and coordination in the interests of both the Egyptian and American people,” President Al Sisi said in a statement.

“President Trump said he looked forward to meeting the president (again) soon.”


Sheikh Mohammed looks to share message of tolerance and peace

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, congratulated the Republican candidate as he soundly defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the hotly contested elections to become the 45th president of America.

“We offer our congratulations and best wishes both to President Elect Donald Trump and to the American people,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

“We look forward to share our message of hope, peace, tolerance and development for a better world,” he added.


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Lebanon sees political chaos

The Wall Street Journal has quoted Lebanon’s interior minister, Nohad Machnouk, as saying that Trump would unleash “political chaos”.

“I don’t see tomorrow that, with a new American president, the American sun will shine again positively on the Middle East,” the minister added.


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Iran urges commitment to nuclear deal

President-elect Trump should stay committed to the international nuclear deal with Iran, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

“The United States should fulfil its commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal) as a multilateral international agreement,” Zarif was quoted as saying, while on a visit to Romania.


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(With inputs from Reuters)