Higgins congratulates Biden on ‘historic’ US Election win

President Michael D Higgins has congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on his win in the 2020 US presidential election.

The Democrat passed the 270 electoral college votes required to beat US president Donald Trump on Saturday after securing the state of Pennsylvania.

“Today, I have conveyed my best wishes to president-elect Joe Biden, wishing him and the American people every good fortune for his term in office and congratulating him, and congratulating vice-president-elect Kamala Harris on her historic achievement,” said the President in a statement on Saturday.

Mr Higgins said he and his wife, Sabina, had “the warmest memories” of Mr Biden’s two visits to Áras an Uachtaráin.

“The bonds between the peoples of Ireland and the United States are close and strong, and I look forward to our two countries working together to rebuild the much-needed trust in the methods and institutions of national and international solidarity and co-operation.

“That solidarity is indispensable, if we are to address the urgent challenges of our time, including such diverse issues as the need to address the cause and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, global poverty, hunger, migration and the digitisation of our economies, all issues on which the president-elect has expressed a commitment.

“On behalf of the people of Ireland, I wish president-elect Biden and vice-president-elect Harris every success in the years ahead.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin also congratulated Mr Biden on Saturday, shortly after his victory was confirmed.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I offer warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the 46th president of the United States,” said Mr Martin in a statement.