Vastavam web: Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron stormed to victory in the French presidential election, roundly defeating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a run- off vote.Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron’s election victory.Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Macron to bridge deep rifts between Moscow and Paris and work together to fight the threat of terror.”The citizens of France entrusted you to lead the country in a difficult period for Europe and for the entire world community. The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of entire regions,” Putin said in a congratulatory telegram released by the Kremlin.
The (British) Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success. France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared priorities,” said a Downing Street spokesman in London.Prime Minister Theresa May also discussed Brexit with Macron, saying “the UK wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous EU once we leave,” the spokesman added.Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Macron, saying the two countries share a “responsibility toward peace and development in the world.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said “the victory of President-elect Macron is a symbolic victory against inward- looking and protectionist moves and shows a vote of confidence in the EU”.Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi offered congratulations, voicing hope that relations “expand in the new era after this election based on groundwork laid during recent years”.”Happy that the French chose a European future,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter.Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras said Macron’s victory was “an inspiration for France and for Europe”, adding he was “sure we will work closely together.” “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France. Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet.