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Statement by Kofi Annan on the outcome of the US Presidential election

Geneva, Switzerland
“The financial crisis has shown how deeply interconnected our world has become. It is only through multilateral cooperation that we can find durable and equitable solutions to these problems.”

“I congratulate President Elect Barack Obama on his victory.

This is a dramatic change of leadership in the United States of America which I am witnessing with great emotion. It is an historic event; one that I had not expected to see in my lifetime.

Barack Obama’s election is a testimony to his exceptional leadership abilities.  Above all, his election demonstrates America’s extraordinary capacity to renew itself and adapt to a changing world.

Barack Obama will be assuming the Presidency of the United States of America at a time of great global challenges, from the financial crisis to the food crisis, to climate change and major conflicts.

The financial crisis has shown how deeply interconnected our world has become. It is only through multilateral cooperation that we can find durable and equitable solutions to these problems. And American engagement and leadership on these issues is crucial.

There is considerable latent goodwill towards the United States in all regions of the world. I am convinced that the President Elect will be able to draw on this support and restore the reputation and standing of the US in the community of nations.  The world is eager to engage him and work in partnership for a more stable, equitable and prosperous future.

I send my sincere and warm wishes to Mr. Obama, his family, Senator Biden and their fellow Americans as they embark on a new and exciting journey.”

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“The financial crisis has shown how deeply interconnected our world has become. It is only through multilateral cooperation that we can find durable and equitable solutions to these problems.”
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