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Asian Leaders See Chance For Fresh Start After Bush Reelection

4 November 2004 -- U.S. allies in Asia today welcomed the reelection of U.S. President George W. Bush as a boost for the global war on terror.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a staunch ally, said Bush's reelection was "a victory for the antiterrorism cause."

"This is a strong reaffirmation of his [Bush's] leadership of the United States in its fight against world terrorism. It's a victory for the antiterrorism cause. It's a signal for the rest of the world that it must redouble its efforts to unite to combat the threat that terrorism represents to all of us," Howard said.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he wanted to develop Japanese-U.S. ties further.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, and the Philippines, pledged to work closely with Bush in the fight against terrorism.

Pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror, also welcomed Bush' victory at the polls, but Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said he hoped the world's Muslims would fare better under the policies of Bush's second term.

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, while congratulating Bush, said the reelected president should give his "whole attention" to the Palestinians' situation.


[For reaction from around the world to the U.S. presidential election, see RFE/RL's webpage "World Reacts To U.S. Election".]