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"For us, the US presidential election is the same as watching an [adult] . the hope that the relationship between Pakistan and the US would. The US–Indian relationship will remain important for the United States, both bilaterally Continued close engagement with Pakistan and Afghanistan The election results were more in President Obama's favour than. For those watching the results of Pakistan's elections from the U.S., the For example, in after the Taliban shot year old activist Malala.
But a commentary from the state news agency, Xinhua, said mutual trust had been "whittled down" in Obama's first term, although there was now a new opportunity to improve ties. While both candidates criticised China in debates, Mitt Romney was notably more aggressive. A commentary from state news agency Xinhua — published before polls closed — said it hoped the results would bring "a pause in the China-bashing game".
Tania Branigan in Beijing Russia The Kremlin was slow in extending its congratulations to Obama, waiting until after midday in Moscow, but it said the news was "very positively" received. The president, Vladimir Putinsent Obama an official telegram, the contents of which were not disclosed, to mark Obama's re-election.
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Russia's leading television channel, Perviy Kanal, showed a cooking programme during Obama's acceptance speech, which took place in the middle of the morning in Moscow. And reports about a drunken shooting spree in a Moscow warehouse that killed five people was ahead of the US elections at the top of many news bulletins through the day.
But the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, was outspoken in his relief at Obama's victory over Romney, who described Russia, in a now infamous remark, as the US's " number-one geopolitical foe " during campaigning earlier this year. Both officials and opposition politicians appeared pleased by Romney's defeat. Romney had advocated "the practical return to the foreign policies of President George Bush the younger," said Alexei Pushkov, the ruling United Russia party's chairman of the Duma's international affairs committee, RIA-Novosti reported.
And the former deputy energy minister and opposition activist Vladimir Milov wrote on Twitter that "the hope that Romney would have been tough with Putin was very naive … Romney and Putin would have been best of friends.
The head of the Kremlin-friendly Liberal Democrat party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said Obama's re-election was the start of a "slow self-isolation" for the US and that it meant the country was "doomed to stagnation".
Howard Amos in Moscow Iran Iranian officials have long said there was little difference between the two candidates, but Obama's victory has reinforced hopes of a diplomatic solution to the stalemate over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Direct talks with the US have officially been beyond the pale for Iranian officials since the two countries broke off diplomatic relations in But as Obama takes the mandate for a second term, senior figures are signalling that such negotiations are possible. It later ran the headline "Republican's elephant crushed by Democrat's donkey".
Iran's English-language state television channel, Press TV, led its coverage with a story headlined "election irregularities reported by US voters". Politicians who favour Obama avoided showing their support in public for fear of reprisals. However, many of them told the reformist Etemaad newspaper Obama would be a better choice for the future of Iran.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan Afghanistan In Afghanistanthere had been little interest in the election, probably because most people felt US policy towards their country was already broadly fixed, with a Nato-agreed deadline of for the withdrawal of most troops.
President Hamid Karzai and other officials, including the governor of Kandahar province, the Taliban's birthplace, sent congratulations to Obama on his re-election. Karzai, whose relationship with the US has often been stormy, said he hoped Obama's second term would allow greater co-operation between the two countries. The statement of congratulation said: America should focus on its domestic challenges, and leave Afghanistan as soon as possible, they said in a statement after the election results were announced.
Therefore he should withdraw the occupying forces from our country as soon as possible and prevent the death of more Americans. Some members of Afghanistan's tiny tech-savvy elite were already looking ahead to their own presidential poll, set for ; there are widespread fears that the vote will be plagued by fraud and security problems, as the last two elections were.
Lotfullah Najafizada, head of current affairs at the influential Tolo TV channel, tweeted: What lessons could be learned from it for new democracies such as Afghanistan? Obama said repeatedly during the campaign that the killing of Bin Laden was a major victory for US counter-terrorism and a key achievement of his presidency, much to the irritation of many Pakistanis.
Controversial drone strikes, which are deeply unpopular in much of Pakistan and a technical breach of the country's sovereignty, have also increased markedly under Obama.
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Credited with eliminating many other senior militants, these were also used to bolster the president's security record during the campaign. A series of other incidents has kept tensions raised between the two countries.
Pakistan was the only country out of more than 20 sampled to do so. However, large numbers of people polled said they were indifferent to, or unaware of, the election. The well-known commentator and editor Najam Sethi said: There are fears of more drones, more demands, a sense that [Obama] was going to be bad for Pakistan.
Pakistanis in general didn't like Obama and identified their anti-Americanism with him so were rooting for [Romney].
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Imran Khanthe cricketer-turned-conservative politician, told reporters Obama's first term in office had been "very tough on Pakistan", as the president's strategy in Afghanistan — where troop levels were temporarily increased — and emphasis on the use of drones had led to "increased militancy" in the country.
Some in Pakistan was please by the result, however. Zafar Moti, a stockbroker in Karachi, collected several bottles of year-old whisky after winning bets with friends that Obama would be returned. OK, Obama has been more stick than carrot with Pakistan, but at least it is a stick we know. Regional leaders and the Arab street were, at best, underwhelmed.
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There is no sense that the incumbent's second term offers the same sort of hope that his first did, four years ago. Obama's Cairo speech was a beacon on the hill that steadily dimmed throughout the past four years.
With the region now in turmoil, few seem to believe the leader of the world's largest economy and most powerful military has the will to do much about the situation. Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Morsiexpressed the hope that a second term would "strengthen friendship" between Washington and Cairo.
Aside from that, reaction, at least initially, was largely mute. Lebanese leaders offered pro-forma congratulations, with the beleaguered prime minister, Najib Miqati, suggesting a second four years may give "new momentum" to stalled bids to bring peace.
In Syriathe opposition was more forthcoming. Now you will see a difference. With Obama it has been all words.
That decision earned him the ill will of Riyadh and cooled relationships between Washington and the Gulf capitals. In the past year, in the lead up to Thursday's poll, there was no sign that Obama wanted to be any more proactive than he had already been in the region.
As Syria descended into the abyss, Washington refused to be drawn into a lead role in any intervention, taking a bit role part in regional efforts to organise and arm the anti-Assad opposition. The would-be president was not born in the US. He was a mole. A socialist — no, make that a communist. Barack was a Marxist. And a Muslim too.
Now the same myths are rumbling through the country's bars, online forums and, worryingly, major news outlets. It is against this backdrop that new playwright Rashid Razaq is staging his debut production, based on Obama's college days at Columbia, New York. In the play, Siddiqi has been renamed Salim "Sal" Maqbool; in Obama's autobiography, Dreams From My Father, he was recreated as a composite character named Sadik, mentioned in only a few pages.
But there is a real closeness between them and hopefully that comes across. But what would Siddiqi himself make of it? When I track down Obama's former room-mate, who now works for Getty Images and lives in Seattle, he is reluctant to speak. Not least, he says, because a reporter from Associated Press "got his interview by barging in unexpectedly at my workplace in spite of my declinations" during the last campaign cycle.
He says the reports of his drug use have been wildly overstated: Their lives had naturally drifted apart by that point, but a solid bond remains. I send Siddiqi a copy of the script and ask him what he thinks. He says he feels "helpless" about the play. It was a lease that Siddiqi, who was an illegal immigrant when he met Obama having overstayed his tourist visahad lied to win, despite the cockroaches, "like plump dates", scuttling across the apartment floor. Siddiqi confirms that the young Obama, a high school pothead, "was lighthearted and fun-loving for the first half of our cohabitation and grew serious later".
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