- Among the leaders who condemned the attack were Ursula Von der Leyen, Boris Johnson, and António Guterres.
- Former US President Barack Obama condemned the assault on the Capitol.
- The Secretary-General of NATO and the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France also condemned the assault.
Top world leaders have strongly condemned the assault on the United States Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump Wednesday as the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections was being ratified. The leaders have called for a “peaceful” transition in the United States and have denounced “an unprecedented assault on American democracy.”
Among the leaders who condemned the attack were the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN.
President von Der Leyen tweeted:
I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election. I look forward to working with him as the next President of the USA.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, added:
The US Congress is a temple of democracy. To witness tonight’s scenes in Washington, DC is a shock. We trust the US to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the assault as “disgraceful scenes.” He tweeted, “the United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned the “grave attack against democracy,” while his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, said Mr. Trump and his supporters “must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.”
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, has declared himself “saddened” by the events that occurred in Washington. “In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law,”
“In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law.”
Obama: “A Moment of Dishonor and Shame”
Former US President Barack Obama condemned the assault on the Capitol, which he said was “incited by President” Donald Trump. It is a moment of “dishonor and shame,” but it is not a surprise, he said in a statement. President Obama said:
“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.”
Pressure on Trump to Accept the Results
The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has demanded that the result of the “democratic” elections in the United States be respected, before these “shocking scenes.”
For his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has pointed out that the enemies of democracy will rejoice at the scenes of violence in the United States Capitol, and has asked Donald Trump to accept the decision of the American voters.
The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, in reaction thus tweeted:
“Colombia has full confidence in the solidity of the institutions of the United States of America, as well as in the values of respect for democracy and the rule of law shared by our countries since the beginning of our republican life.”