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World Leaders React to Obama Victory


British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama reach to shake hands during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Following President Obama’s reelection, leaders and other figures around the globe reacted to the news, from Obama’s former school in Indonesia to the Dalai Lama, the Associated Press reports.

Though generally positive and encouraging, world leaders also reacted with caution, naming many of the issues that still need to be addressed, including Syria, Iran, the global economy and the environment. Here are some of the highlights:


British Prime Minister David Cameron

“One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis (in Syria). Above all, congratulations to Barack. I've enjoyed working with him, I think he's a very successful U.S. president and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


“I will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel's citizens.”

French President Francois Hollande

“Your re-election is a clear choice in favor of an America that is open, unified, completely engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy and the environment.”

The Dalai Lama


“When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.”

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“The bond between Europe and North America, based upon the shared values on which our alliance was founded over 60 years ago, remains as strong, and as important to the preservation of Euro-Atlantic peace and security, as ever. President Obama has demonstrated outstanding leadership in maintaining this vital bond.”

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