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Maduro and Rouhani, breathing easy thanks to Biden’s victory: Financial Times

The most hostile regimes in the world are also those that today celebrate a victory of Joe Biden in the U.S. Presidency, says Financial Times

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The most hostile regimes in the world are also those that celebrate Joe Biden’s potentially becoming the United States’ president. From the Iranian president to the tyrant Nicolas Maduro, they are rubbing their hands in the arrival of the Democrats to the White House, as reported by the British Financial Times (FT)

According to the British outlet, other world leaders who will be relieved with Biden in the Presidency are those who have had difficult relations with Donald Trump and who aspire to lessen the tensions. Angela Merkel of Germany and Justin Trudeau of Canada, for example, will benefit from the Republican president’s departure.

A Financial Times article coincides with a report by The American about “The 7 totalitarian and leftist leaders who want a Biden victory“. These are two analyses that show how leftist governments will feel as victorious as Biden if he finally ends up being president after the current legal disputes.

“Venezuela’s leftwing president looks set to outlast Mr Trump,” Financial Times says, “despite vigorous US efforts over the past four years to dislodge him.”

“Mr Maduro’s revolutionary socialist government hopes Joe Biden will ease sweeping US sanctions”, the publication continues.

“Former senior US officials believe Mr Biden’s administration will offer Mr Maduro some concessions to ease the humanitarian suffering exacerbated by the sanctions. They also think there will be a renewed effort to find a negotiated solution to the crisis, rather than simply trying to force Mr Maduro out by choking the economy”.

Nicolás Maduro already congratulated Biden. He said he would “work patiently” to restore relations with the U.S. Government.

The Democratic candidate was Vicepresident during the administration of Barack Obama, who decided to pause the investigations against Tareck El Aissami, the Oil Minister of the Venezuelan regime, whom the Trump administration accuses of being linked to terrorism and international drug trafficking.

A Biden arrival to the presidency will be a relief for Chavismo, which suffered immensely with the sanctions and investigations imposed against the Venezuelan regime during the Trump administration.

In the meantime, Maduro is moving forward, clinging to power with the help of the countries that support him, such as Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, and Turkey. Most of these are also breathing easy thanks to the arrival of Biden to the Presidency.

According to Financial Time, the Iranian regime of Hassan Rouhani, Maduro’s main ally, will also be relieved by the departure of Trump. On the one hand, he will have the opportunity to maintain with greater freedom his legal – and illegal – business with the Venezuelan regime. He will also look to Biden to return to the historic nuclear deal of 2018.

Rouhani, who has strengthened the Iranian military presence in Venezuela, would also be betting on easing sanctions against Maduro’s tyranny and the country’s oil and illegal gold mining business.

“Moscow has reason to be dismayed: while Trump has praised Putin’s leadership, Biden has promised to intensify pressure on the Kremlin as part of his commitment to target autocracies and promote human rights under his incoming government’s foreign policy. Sanctions, renewed NATO support, and increased support for Ukraine are likely to increase,” says Financial Times of Maduro’s main ally, Russia.

According to Financial Times, Angela Merkel’s Germany “is one of the countries that will benefit most from a Biden presidency. The chancellor, who had a notoriously irritating relationship with Trump, said she recalled “good meetings and conversations” with Biden.

The big losers

For Financial Times, Trump’s departure from the U.S. Presidency will also leave important leaders worried. “The governments of Japan, Australia and Taiwan” will be among those that might be worried about Biden’s foreign policy. The same will be true for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, while in America Jair Bolsonaro might begin to feel isolated.

“The Brazilian president is one of Donald Trump’s closest political and ideological allies. In the two years since his election, Bolsonaro has followed the example of the United States on foreign policy issues, from climate change to relations with China and Venezuela, a big change for a country that historically has prided itself on a more neutral and non-aligned foreign policy,” Financial Times notes, stressing that “Brazil will need to review its foreign policy or face isolation.

The case of Mexico is unique. According to Financial Times, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) would also be affected by Trump’s departure. Biden might reverse some policies between both nations.

Maduro, Joe Biden, Financial Times, Donald Trump
Financial Times: “López Obrador has more to lose from a bad relationship with his new neighbor. (Wikimedia)

“The left-wing populist Mexican president and Donald Trump cooperated on Washington’s harsh immigration policies, many of which Joe Biden plans to reverse. Because of Mexico’s economic dependence on the United States and their long common border, Lopez Obrador has more to lose from a bad relationship with its new neighbor,” FT notes.

For its part, Israel would have to say goodbye to Trump as a great ally to the point that it used its close relationship with the U.S. president for the 2019 parliamentary campaign.

“Washington made decisions considered beneficial to Israel, including recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” recalls the Financial Times, “Biden is expected to take a more even-handed approach than his predecessor.”

Likewise, Saudi Arabia, a country that applauded when Trump broke the nuclear deal with Iran, now fears its reactivation if Biden rejoins the deal.

The United Kingdom is also looking forward to it. Boris Johnson would be another loser after Biden’s victory. FT recalls that “Biden warned Johnson during the campaign not to undermine the Good Friday Agreement, a fundamental part of the president-elect’s Irish identity.”

Maduro, Joe Biden, Financial Times, Donald Trump
Biden sees the UK’s exit from the EU as an historic mistake and will not be in a hurry to push for a free trade agreement with Britain’s Brexit (Wikimedia)

“Biden sees the UK’s exit from the EU as an historic mistake and will not be in a hurry to push for a free trade agreement with Britain’s Brexit. While politics means that the two countries are united, it is hard to imagine the transatlantic link that typically forms between the UK and the US,” the paper notes.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Successes

An article published by The New York Times notes that Biden and his team of foreign policy advisors plan to resurrect Obama-era initiatives.

With respect to Cuba, another Maduro ally, the advisors assured that Biden would seek to normalize relations with the Castro regime, considering that this is the “promising approach to achieving change on the island.

“Biden’s advisors said they would seek common ground with Cuba and reverse some of the travel and remittance restrictions,” the article said.

This would mean dialoguing with authoritarian regimes such as Nicaragua, Cuba or Venezuela, and would open the door to fictitious negotiations that would under no circumstances end the tyrannies that seek to perpetuate themselves in power.

Biden’s White House will opt more for “persuasion rather than imposition,” and thus set aside the bully policy that Trump adopted toward Latin American regimes.

If Biden assumes the presidency, the recommendations of the Democratic candidate’s advisors would be fulfilled. This would be the best option to dismantle Trump’s achievements.

In terms of foreign policy, Trump fulfilled his promises: he achieved the withdrawal of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran, the withdrawal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the retraction of relations with Cuba.

FiloNews recalls that the president also recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to that city.

The president also brought the relationship with North Korea to its lowest point in years, made the Islamic state lose its territorial “caliphate” and renegotiated the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, described as “better” for North American workers.

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