PM Khan extends felicitations to new US President Joe Biden

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON DC: Prime Minister Imran Khan extended felicitations to the new President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a public statement released on Twitter.

PM Khan said: “I congratulate President @JoeBiden on his inauguration. Look forward to working with @POTUS in building a stronger Pak-US partnership through trade & economic engagement, countering climate change, improving public health, combating corruption & promoting peace in the region & beyond.”

President Joe Biden had earlier been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, becoming the oldest commander in chief at the age of 78.

Kamala Harris, the new Vice President of the United States has also made history since she is the first Black person, first Asian American and most strikingly, the first woman to become Vice President.

Outgoing President Donald Trump did not attend the oath-taking ceremony, breaking the tradition which had been followed since the last 150 years.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” President Joe Biden declared in his inaugural speech.

“Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy.”

President Biden has been given control of the POTUS Twitter account. In one of his first tweets, he said: “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris, chose to keep her latest tweet brief. She said: “Ready to serve.”

Extending congratulations to President Biden, NATO chief said: “A strong NATO is good for both North America & Europe, as none of us can tackle the challenges we face alone. Today is the start of a new chapter & I look forward to our close cooperation.”

Former US President, Barrack Obama, shared a picture of himself with President Biden.

“Congratulations to my friend President Biden. This is your time,” Obama said. Biden had served as Vice President under Obama previously.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also extended her best wishes to the new President.

She said: “So excited to call these two wonderful people “Mr. President” and “Dr. Biden.”

President Biden focused on healing the nation after 4 tumultous years of the Trump presidency.

“We have much to do in this winter of peril, and significant possibilities: much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” Biden said. “Few people in our nation’s history have more challenged, or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now.”

The ceremony took place with a heavily fortified US Capitol. On 6 January, a mob of Trump supporters had stormed the building after being enraged by his false claims that the November 2020 Presidential election was stolen.

Instead of democrats, there were 200,000 flags and 56 pillars of light representing US states and territories at the National Mall.

“Here we stand, just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work on our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen; it will never happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever,” President Biden said.

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