Ban Ki-moon Asks Donald Trump to Ensure Unity in Diversity

The United Nations flag flies at UN Headquarters in New York. (file) UN Photo / Mark Garten
The United Nations flag flies at UN Headquarters in New York. (file) UN Photo / Mark Garten

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Donald Trump Wednesday on his election as the new President of the United States.

“I congratulate Mr. Donald Trump on his election as forty-fifth President of the United States of America,” Mr. Ban said from the UN Headquarters in New York.

After nearly 20 months of campaign rigmarole, the U.S. presidential election came to an end Tuesday when the Republican candidate Donald Trump won the race to become the 45th President of America.

With his campaign message “Make America Great Again” Trump defeated his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton, who was considered an establishment candidate.

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“In the aftermath of a hard-fought and often-divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths. I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit,” he said.

Noting that today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions, the UN chief said: “As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda. People everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good.”

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“The United Nations will count on the new Administration to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation as we strive together to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all,” Mr. Ban added.

He expressed his appreciation to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children.

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