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Dear Joe, from Peter

Dear Joe, from Peter

Sunday 08 November 2020

Dear Joe, from Peter

Guernsey's Chief Minister has congratulated the United States' President-elect Joe Biden, describing the island as a "friend" to the global superpower.

Mr Biden is set to become the US President in January - pending any legal challenges from the ousted incumbent Donald Trump - after coming out victorious in a close-run electoral battle.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, who became Guernsey's leading politician last month, has congratulated the Democrat leader on his success. 

The President of the United States and political decisions made by the United States have a relevance for those beyond its borders in our global community," said Deputy Ferbrache. "Particularly at this time in history with so many global challenges facing us that require a coordinated response from all jurisdictions large and small."

Mr Biden will become the US' oldest ever President aged 77, while Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will become the first woman in American history to hold the position. 

"I would like to extend my congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. I wish them, the United States and its friends around the world – in which I include the Bailiwick of Guernsey – the very best for the coming four years.”

Deputy Peter Ferbrache

Pictured: Deputy Ferbrache said political decisions made by the United States have global repercussions.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also commended Mr Biden on his successful election campaign, however, it remains to be seen how the US and UK's historically close ties will evolve under Biden's administration.

The President-elect has previously described Mr Johnson as a "physical and emotional clone" of his bitter US election rival, while his team are critical of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Mr Biden, who is of Irish heritage, is reportedly dead set against anything that could endanger the Good Friday Agreement, which could have implications on how the UK approaches its controversial Internal Market Bill. 

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