The US Presidential elections have come to a close with Joe Biden beating Donald Trump and now set to become the 46th President of the United States.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated the new President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory.
“The relationship between our two countries is strong, and I look forward to developing even closer relations with the incoming Biden Administration,” Ardern said in a statement.
“New Zealand will continue to work side-by-side with the United States on the issues that matter to both of us, including the prosperity, security, and sustainability in the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Island regions."
The Prime Minister also acknowledged outgoing President Donald Trump.
“New Zealand has enjoyed positive and cooperative relations with the United States over the period of the Trump Administration, especially in the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Island regions,” she said.
President-elect Biden visited New Zealand in 2016 as part of President Obama's administration.
Congratulations President-elect @joebiden and @kamalaharris on your victory in the US Presidential election. With so many issues facing the international community, your message of unity is one we share. New Zealand looks forward to working with you both! [Photo by Getty Images. It captures Joe Biden in 2016 as he was welcomed at Government House in Auckland by the Defence Force Māori cultural group]