The leaders of Latin America’s two biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, congratulated Joe Biden on Tuesday on his election victory after a long delay that ignited criticism they were courting danger by rebuffing the U.S. president – elect.
Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro both waited until the day after Biden’s Nov.3 election win was confirmed by the U.S. Electoral College Democrats with their extended delay.
Lope Obrador and Bolsonaro are ideological opposites in the region but found common ground in waiting longer than nearly all other heads of state.
North Korea’s King Jon Un may be the only key international leader who has yet to recognize Biden’s defeat of Republican President Trump in last month’s election.
Trump himself has refused to concede defeat, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread voting fraud and pursuing unsuccessful legal efforts to overturn the results.
For weeks, Lopez Obrador argued it was prudent to wait until Trump’s legal challenged ended.
At his daily morning news conference, the leftist Lopez Obrador said he sent the incoming American leader a letter praising Biden’s ‘triumph’.
He stressed the Democratic former vice president’s pro – immigrant stance and suggested the two neighbors work together on the thorny issue, after years of Trump’s unprecedented demands that the Mexican government do more to reduce the flow of U.S. – bound migrants.
‘I also want to express my recognition of your position in favor of Mexican and the world’s migrants, which will allow the continuation of our plan to promote development and well – being southwest Mexico and among the countries of Central America’, Lopez Obrador wrote.
In Brasilia, the far – right Bolsonaro finally accepted the loss of Trump, a political idol with whom he had sough to forge closer ties.
‘Greetings to the President Joe Biden, with my best wishes and the hope that the USA will remain ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave”, Bolsonaro said in a statement that quoted the U.S. national anthem.
Bolsonaro pledged to work with Biden, emphasizing the defense of sovereignty and trade integration.
Biden’s victory and Bolsonaro’s reluctance to recognize it have cast a dark cloud over U.S. – Brazilian relations, which has warmed to the point of discussing a free trade deal last year.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, had echoed Trump in voicing concern about alleged widespread fraud in the U.S. election, without citing evidence.
The Saudi – led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen said on Tuesday it had destroyed an explosive drone fired towards Khamis Mushait in the south of Saudi Arabia. A military spokesman for the Iran – aligned Houthi group then said they had fired a drone at and hit Abha International Airpot, which is near … More Saudi – Led Coalition Says It Intercepts Houthi Drone Fired At Southern Saudi Arabia
China’s President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday that Beijing was willing to push its strategic partnership with Riyadh ‘to a new level’, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported. In a phone call, the two leaders discussed boosting cooperation in energy, trade and technology, Xinhua added. China’s crude … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, China’s Xi Discuss Cooperation In Phone Call
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have donated a total of $7.9 million (SR 30 million) to charity through the Kingdom’s Ehsan Platform, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday. King Salman donated $5.3 million (SR20 million) for charitable and non – profitable works, while the Crown Prince contributed … More Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Donate Total of $7.9 Mln To Charity
King Salman on Thursday appointed Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as adviser to the king, with the rank of minister, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Prince Mishaal has been governor of Jeddah since 1997 and a member of the Allegiance Council since 2007. He is president of the governing council of … More Prince Mishaal Bin Majed Appointed Adviser To The King Salman
The Unites States on Thursday imposed a boar array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for election interference, cyber – hacking, bullying Ukraine and other ‘malign’ acts. The measures blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and placed limits on the Russian sovereign debt market in steps sure to anger Moscow. Among the actions, President … More U.S. Imposes Wide Array Of Sanctions On Russia For ‘Malign’ Actions
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth return to royal duties on Tuesday, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in an event to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official, PA Media reported. The queen hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel stepped down as Lord Chamberlain, the report added. Philip, who has … More Queen Elizabeth Returns To Royal Duties Four Days After Her Husband’s Death – PM Media
The Arab coalition destroyed a Houthi explosive – laden drone launched toward Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Al – Ekhbariya reported. The drone targeting Jazan is the latest in a long line of attacks against the Kingdom by the Iran – back Houthi militia. The coalition said the attack is a continuation of the Houthi’s systematic … More Arab Coalition Destroys Houthi Drone Targeting Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with a wide selection of cultural events and interactive activities. Ithra is offering visitors a chance to take part in events focused on national traditions and Saudi Arabian heritage, as well as different interactive workshops. The centre’s Ramadan program also includes a collection … More Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Celebrates Ramadan With Cultural Events, Activities
Reuters News has name one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as it its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the global – spanning news agency in its 170-year history. A native of Rome, Galloni, 47, will replace Stephen J. Adler, who is retiring this month after leading the newsroom for the past decade. … More Reuters Names Alessandra Galloni As Its Next Editor – In – Chief
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth who played a leading figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. The Duke of Edniburgh, as he was been y his wife’s side through her 69-year reign, the longest in British history, during which time he … More Britain’s Prince Philip Has Died
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join Fox News Media as a contributor, the news network controlled by media baron Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday. Pompeo is the latest former Trump administration official to join the network. Other notable names include former White House secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Trump’s top economic adviser Larry … More Former Secretary Of State Pompeo To Join Fox News Media
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the opening of the Sakaka IPP PV power plat, the Kingdom’s first renewable energy project, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. The launch of the Sakaka IPP PV and the signing power purchase agreements (PPA) for seven new projects are the result of King Salman’s … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Announces Opening Of Sakaka Power Plant
This year’s French Open has been postponed by a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will begin on May 30, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Thursday. The claycourt Grand Slam, which was postponed by four months last year and took place in front of limited crowds, will finish on June 13, two … More Tennis – French Open Postponed To May 30 Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the design vision for the ‘Journey Through Time’ scheme, with the aim of responsible and sustainable revitalization and rehabilitation of the main archaeological area in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla in a unique cultural and natural environment. AlUla is in the northwest of the Kingdom, where the project is … More Saudi Crown Prince Launches AlUla’s Design Vision ‘A Journey Through Time’
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been in has been in hospital since Tuesday afternoon for check-ups, two sources from his Forza Italy party said on Wednesday. One of the source said the 84-year-old media tycoon went to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan for follow-up tests after contracting the new coronavirus in September … More Former Italian PM Berlusconi In Hospital Since Tuesday – Sources