Leaders' Reactions Shows Increasingly Complicated World

Israel, Taliban are among those less thrilled with election outcome.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Not every foreign power was openly thrilled over Obama's re-election.

Leaders from around the world offered congratulations to President Barack Obama for his victory over "severely conservative" Mitt Romney, but the good cheer may be short lived as the commander-in-chief moves into another four-year term.

The Prime Minister of Israel offered a rather terse well-wishing to the president. Romney claimed during the campaign that Obama had thrown Israel "under the bus" for not doing more to slow the impending threat of Iran's nuclear program.

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"I will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel's citizens," said Benjamin Netanyahu following news of Obama's victory. He had remained relatively impartial during the campaign, but is a decades-old friend and colleague of Romney's.

The two first met while working for the Boston Consulting Group as consultants. They kept in touch after Netanyahu returned to Israel to run for office, and Romney unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1994.

Other members of Netanyahu's political party offered appraisals that weren't quite as bland as their leader's, TheHindu.com reports.

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"Obama is not good for Israel and we're concerned that he will try to pressure Israel into making concessions because of his chilly relationship with Netanyahu," said one Likud Party lawmaker, according to a Israel's ynetnews.com.

The political opposition in Israel slammed Netanyahu for his connections to the politicians, according to TheHindu.com

"[Netanyahu hurt] Israel with his arrogant and incomprehensible involvement [in U.S. elections] on the side of Mitt Romney," said Shlomo Molla of the Kadima Party.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai was traveling to Indonsesia during the election, reports The Independent Online, and did not immediately respond to the news of Obama's win. His countrymen, however, seem disinterested in the commander-in-chief's future for America's longest war.

"For me it really doesn't matter," said on Afghan who goes by Nasrullah, according to the AFP.

A mobile phone retailer in the insurgency-plagued southern province of Kandahar, Nasrullah says both candidates appear the same as each other, and as predecessor President George W. Bush.

"All U.S. presidents' policies in Islamic countries have failed because they are there for their own interests. We want our own president to do something," said Mohammed Sharif Athar, a student of Islamic law in Kabul, according to the report.

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Other civilians included in the report state the only marked difference is the amount of money Republicans seem willing to spend in Afghanistan, versus Democrats.

"Bush was generous. He spent lots of money in Afghanistan," university student Mohammad Haroun told the AFP. "Since Obama has taken over the troubles have increased in Afghanistan, so I'd have preferred Romney, who is a Republican like Bush."

The Taliban issued a statement following the election, stating America should focus on its own domestic policies and leave Afghanistan as soon as possible, The Guardian reports.

"Obama should take advantage of his second term, and use the opportunity to prevent the U.S. from trying to police the world, and focus instead on solving the problems of Americans," according to the statement. "Obama has realized that Americans are tired of the war and the back-breaking costs of wars. Therefore he should withdraw the occupying forces from our country as soon as possible and prevent the death of more Americans."

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Among other foreign policy hot spots worldwide, there is some hope of increased dialogue.

China is willing to work with the U.S. to forge greater cooperation, says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, according to the Voice of America.

Obama has been outspoken in his approach to the Pacific Rim powerhouse, calling for a newfound "pivot to Asia" to address China's shifting role in the region and in the world.