World leaders welcome Obama

World leaders greeted President Obama’s arrival with exuberance on Tuesday,but sent telltale warnings of the challenges that are about to envelop him.

Written by Agencies | Published:January 22, 2009 11:43 pm

World leaders greeted President Obama’s arrival with exuberance on Tuesday,but sent telltale warnings of the challenges that are about to envelop him.

Gordon Brown,British Prime Minister

“He is a man of great vision,he is a man of great determination and energy and he is a man of great moral purpose… all these qualities are ones that will stand him in great stead for facing up to the changes ahead of him.”

Ehud Olmert,Israeli Prime Minister

“The entire State of Israel rejoices with the United States and welcomes President Obama,who took the oath of office this evening.

Nicolas Sarkozy,French President

“As you are entering office,I should like to convey to you,on my behalf and on the behalf of the people of France,my best wishes for great success at the head of the American nation.”

Yousuf raza gilani,Pakistani Prime Minister

“Under your stewardship,the US will undoubtedly lead the way in overcoming the challenges that confront humanity by a renewal of faith and commitment to shared ideals and values.”

Advisor to Ahmadinejad,Iranian President

“The tragedy in Gaza made him so upset and he is so preoccupied with Gazans’ problems that he does not feel like being glued to the television.”

China: Censors parts of Obama speech

Beijing: The official Chinese translation of President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was missing his references to communism and dissent,while a live broadcast on state television on Wednesday cut away to the anchor when the topic was mentioned. Obama said earlier generations “faced down communism and fascism not just with missiles and tanks,but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.” The Chinese translation was missing the word “communism”. The paragraph with the sentence on dissent had been removed entirely.

Iran: Wants new West Asia foreign policy

TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki urged the new President to change American policies in West Asia. “The new generation seeks justice and rejects domination. A change in Mideast policy is one of the areas.”

Russia: Asks Obama for change

Moscow: The Foreign Ministry is calling on Barack Obama to end Washington’s “anti-Russian” policy of granting swift NATO membership to Ukraine and Georgia. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the policy of George W Bush had destabilised Ukraine.

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