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More messages of congratulations from African leaders have continued to flow to Washington following the election of Democratic candidate Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States of America.

The latest messages came from Sudan, South Africa, Kenya, Libya, Ghana and Mauritania, all of them highlighting the need for concerted cooperation between Africa and the United States.

In Khartoum, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said on Saturday: “On behalf of the Sudanese people, I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election as President and Vice President.”

In his congratulatory message, Hamdok said he looked forward to working closely with the two to continue building bridges of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Sudan.

“Sudanese are hopeful that US President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will support Sudan’s democratic transition and the civilian government that will emerge, which faces enormous economic and political challenges.

He said the outgoing US administration under Donald Trump took more than a year to decide to remove Sudan from the terrorist list and forced Khartoum to normalize relations with Israel before the decision could become effective.

Many Sudanese who are not opposed to normalization say Trump humiliated their country when he linked it to the rescission of Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sudan is waiting for the United States Congress to restore its sovereign immunities that it lost as a designated terrorist state.

On October 31, 2020, Sudan and the United States signed an agreement to restore sovereign immunity. The agreement resolves cases brought against Sudan in US courts, including the bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, on his official Twitter account, said he looks forward to working with Biden and Harris to strengthen ties between South Africa and the United States.

“We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and the American people on their election. We look forward to working with you and deepening our ties of friendship and cooperation, ”he wrote.

The spokesperson for the African National Congress (ANC), Pule Mabe, said the party also welcomed his victory, adding that the world must respect democracy and embrace the new administration.

The ANC expressed hope that the Biden-Harris administration will lead the way in forging a global response to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris will be the first female vice president of the US and also the first woman of color to hold the position.

In Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta called the landslide victory in the tight elections a demonstration of Americans’ confidence in the former vice president’s leadership credentials, according to a statement released by the President’s Office in Nairobi on Sunday.

“Americans have spoken loud and clear through their votes in electing a highly experienced, colorfully decorated and long-standing leader to become their next Head of State,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said Biden is a friend of Kenya whose last visit to the country while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama helped renew ties between Kenya and the United States.

“His victory therefore presents an even bigger and better platform for our two countries to work together more closely for the prosperity of the people of our two nations,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta praised Vice President-Elect Harris for making history by becoming the first woman to hold the second-highest leadership position in American political history.

“She is a pioneer and role model whose victory will help inspire and embolden millions of girls around the world to pursue and achieve their dreams of greatness and success.

To outgoing President Donald Trump, President Kenyatta said that “his administration’s close working relationship with Kenya was good,” wishing him the best as he emerged from the top post of President of the United States of America.

From Libya, the president of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, Al-Sarraj congratulates Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential elections, expressed the hope of working with Biden and his deputy , Harris, to achieve a democratic civil status in Libya.

After four days of suspense, the Democratic Party candidate and former vice president in the administration of Barack Obama won the presidential election, defeating outgoing President Donald Trump.

Reports from Ghana say that leading Ghanaian politicians have congratulated Biden and Harris on their electoral victory.

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the main opposition leader, John Dramani Mahama, who are the main candidates in the December 7 presidential election in Ghana. Both men welcomed the newly executed American leaders.

In a tweet, President Akufo-Addo wrote: “On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend my sincere congratulations to the President-elect of the United States of America, Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, for his decisive victory in the elections of November 3, 2020 ”.

He also congratulated Senator Kamala Harris on becoming the first female vice president-elect of the United States.

President Akufo-Addo wrote: “It is my sincere hope that President-elect Biden’s term will be marked by the delivery of unity, security, progress and prosperity to all Americans.

“I am hopeful that, over the course of your presidency, relations between Ghana and the United States of America will continue to grow and grow, relationships that, over the years, have been based on a shared agenda of freedom, development, progress and prosperity “.

Former President Mahama praised Mr. Biden’s “resilience,” noting that “Biden required sheer determination and determination to score a victory as the elected president of the United States of America.”

He also said that the election of incoming Vice President Harris “not only broke the glass ceiling, but opened a huge hole in it that will inspire the world to follow these footprints of inclusion, representation and unity.

In his message, the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani on Saturday

wrote: “Your election as President of the United States of America gives me the opportunity to express to His Excellency my warm congratulations, wishing him good health and full success in his mission, to the kind American people for further progress and prosperity.”

The Mauritanian president added: “I also take this opportunity to assure you of our firm will to continue working with you, to deepen the distinguished ties of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.”

Earlier, Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Biden, saying that Nigeria looks forward to further cooperation with the United States.

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