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President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Pope Francis on Thursday, thanking him for “extending blessings and congratulations” and praising the pope for his leadership in “promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world,” according to the Biden transition team.
The big picture: Biden will be the second-ever Catholic president, joined only by John F. Kennedy….
Here’s a look at the list of other foreign leaders that have reached out to the incoming America President…
“I’m letting them know that America’s back. Back in the game. America’s not alone,” Biden said Tuesday about his calls with foreign leaders. He spoke on Wednesday with three other leaders based in the Asia-Pacific about cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic.
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted Wednesday ET after he and Biden spoke of their shared values and history that’s seen the U.S. and Australia fight side-by-side in every conflict since World War I, saying he looked forward to “celebrating the 70th anniversary” of the ANZUS security treaty next year.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Biden discussed Wednesday the president-elect’s “strong desire to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance even further in new areas,” per a transition statement.
- South Korean President Moon Jae was praised by Biden during their phone conversation for his “strong leadership on COVID-19, noting his commitment to cooperate on addressing the pandemic, building global health security, and stimulating global economic recovery,” the transition team notes.
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Monday that he and Biden are ready to pick up on their previous work together to “tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries – including climate change and COVID-19.”
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Biden on Tuesday discussed plansto build on the U.S.-U.K. partnership in areas including trade and security through NATO, climate change and coronavirus recovery, per a PM’s office statement.
- Johnson invited Biden to attend a 2021 U.K.-hosted climate change summit and conveyed his congratulations to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for her historic achievement.
- French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Biden Tuesday and said he was ready to work together on climate, health and the fight against terrorism, Reuters reports.
- Biden conveyed his interest in reinvigorating bilateral and trans-Atlantic ties, including through NATO and the EU, his transition said.
- Biden expressed his readiness to work together on global challenges, including security and development in Africa, the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and Iran’s nuclear program.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel “expressed the wish for close and trusting future cooperation” on Tuesday, per a statement from her office. Merkel and Biden acknowledged transatlantic cooperation as a priority….