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Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 25 January 2021 | 0 Comments

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25 January 2021

President Biden swears to “give his all” as he prepares to take his place in the Oval Office as the 46th President of the United States of America. 

The publisher and his team at Caribbean World magazine would like to add their heartfelt congratulations to all the good wishes that have been sent to President Joe Biden and his wife, the new First Lady Jill, following his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. Other messages President Biden has received include a private communique from our own dear Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace. During the Queen’s 68-year reign, there have been 14 American presidents, from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the political leaders who took to Twitter to congratulate Mr Biden. He wrote: “Congratulations to @JoeBiden on being sworn in as President of the United States and to @KamalaHarris on her historic inauguration. America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to Covid, and I look forward to working with President Biden.” Mr Johnson later told reporters that he welcomed Mr Biden’s succession from Donald Trump as a “step forward” from a “bumpy period.” 

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, tweeted: “Congratulations JoeBiden on your inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. Our two countries have tackled some of history’s greatest challenges together - and I’m looking forward to continuing this partnership with you Kamala Harris and your administration.” 

Germany's president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called Inauguration Day a "good day for democracy." 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his congratulations to both Vice President Harris and President Biden on their "historic inauguration." 

President Emmanuel Macron of France used his message to welcome back the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement. 

“Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on your historic inauguration," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades," he added. "I look forward to working with you to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among them, the threat posed by Iran.”  

The Indian Prime Minister said: “The India-US partnership is based on shared values. We have a substantial and multifaceted bilateral agenda, growing economic engagement and vibrant people to people linkages. Committed to working with President @JoeBiden to take the India-US partnership to even greater heights,”Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, meanwhile, said that the "bond between North America and Europe is the bedrock of our security, and a strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe. For more than seventy years, our transatlantic Alliance has guaranteed freedom, peace, and security for our people. U.S. leadership remains essential as we work together to protect our democracies, our values and the rules-based international order,” Stoltenberg said. 

In his Inauguration Address President Biden pledged to help reunite an America divided by the previous administration and acknowledged the challenges ahead: 

“America has been tested. And we've come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engagement with the world once again, not to meet yesterday's challenges, but today's and tomorrow's challenges, not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example, strong and trusted partner for peace progress and security.” 

Other world leaders that have paid tribute to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris include Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and other leaders of the Caribbean including Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who posted on Facebook: “On behalf of Dominica, I congratulate US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on assuming office. I look forward to working with the US in building a stronger and resilient world for all of us. We stand united in addressing common challenges, whether it is climate-change or COVID-19.” 

Guyanese President Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali also posted on Facebook: “Congratulations to the 46 President of the United States of America, Mr Joseph R Biden Jr and Vice President Kamala Harris. Your call for unity and democracy are critical components of good governance which we share completely with you. We pray that God continues to bless the Government and people of the United States. We stand together with you in defence of unity, democracy and peace.” 

At Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s Office, some staff wore pearls and sneakers in solidarity with Harris. Senator Shenella Govia, the Executive Assistant to the prime minister, said: “Today not only represents a historic moment in America’s politics and governance, but also a monumental shift in the political paradigm of women, especially women of colour, in the world of politics. Vice-President Kamala’s campaign image showed us that it is entirely okay to be your authentic self, something we can all proudly emulate.” 

Mr Biden, who was awarded the PresidentialMedal of Freedom, the foremost U.S. civilian decoration, awarded to individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours”  noted that “the world is watching” as he took the oath of office in Capitol Hill.