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World Leaders React to Bush Re-election - 2004-11-04


A number of world leaders have reacted to President Bush's election to a second term.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the re-election comes at a crucial time in what he called a divided and uncertain world. Mr. Blair pledged to keep working with Mr. Bush to fight poverty and terrorism, and to revive the Mideast peace process.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan congratulated Mr. Bush and the American people for what he called an impressive demonstration of democracy.

European Commission President Romano Prodi promised to strengthen European friendship with the United States.

Congratulatory messages also came in from the leaders of Germany and France -- who did not back the war in Iraq -- and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said a Bush win shows the American people are not intimidated by terrorists.

Mexico's Vicente Fox sent a message to Mr. Bush and invited him for a state visit.

From the Middle East, the Saudi royal family reaffirmed cooperation with the United States while Israel said it will continue working with Mr. Bush for peace. A spokesperson for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says he hopes Mr. Bush will adopt a new policy during his second term. The United States has refused to talk with Mr. Arafat as part of the peace process.

The Japanese foreign Ministry says it welcomed Mr. Bush's re-election and Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message of congratulations to the White House. Vice President Zeng Qinghong also sent a message to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

Information for this report is provided by UN Wire, Reuters, AP and AFP.

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