World leaders welcome new UK prime minister

King Charles III asks Sunak to form a new government

World leaders have been reacting to Rishi Sunak’s victory as the next British prime minister.


At a White House event to mark the Hindu holiday of Diwali, President Biden described Mr Sunak’s nomination as the UK’s next prime minister a “ground-breaking milestone”.


Hoping to start a new relationship on better terms, Macron said: ‘Congratulations to Rishi Sunak… together we will continue working to tackle the challenges of the moment, including the war in Ukraine and its many consequences for Europe and the world.’


Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated Sunak after he became Britain’s third prime minister this year, and vowed to continue working closely with London. ‘I look forward to our further cooperation and partnership in NATO and G7 as close friends,’ Scholz tweeted.


From Italy, newly-installed Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said that she was ‘eager to cooperate with (Sunak) and his cabinet on the common challenges, standing for our shared values of freedom and democracy.’


 “As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, referring to a framework agreement struck between the two countries.

European Union

European Council President Charles Michel said: “Working together is the only way to face common challenges… and bringing stability is key to overcoming them.” Rishi Sunak is a Brexit supporter, but many EU leaders will have breathed a sigh of relief that he, not Boris Johnson, is taking over as prime minister.


 Irish PM Micheál Martin said he looked forward to working with Mr Sunak, “on the important issues we face on these islands and globally”.


China wants to “advance ties with the UK” under Sunak, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said. He added: “We hope that we can work with the UK side on the basis of mutual respect and win-win co-operation and advance China-UK relations along the right track.”.


President Zelensky tweeted his congratulations to Mr Sunak. “I wish you to successfully overcome all the challenges facing British society and the whole world today. I’m ready to continue strengthening the Ukraine-UK strategic partnership together!” he said.


Treasurer Jim Chalmers called Mr Sunak a great friend of Australia. “I don’t think it’s insignificant a country like the United Kingdom has its first prime minister of colour,” he said.



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