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Cameron government: Foreign media reacts to coalition

Foreign media have been considering the implications of David Cameron's coalition government for British politics and its relations around the world.

Here's a selection of what they have been saying.


Britain is currently undergoing a major political change. What is important is that the new British government has announced that Afghanistan is the top priority in its foreign policy. David Cameron has reaffirmed his support for Afghanistan in all areas and has announced his intention to co-operate with Afghanistan in this regard Hewad, state-run newspaper


The hung Parliament that came into being as a result of the 1974 election failed to exist more than eight months. Hence, people are already predicting this time also that the hung Parliament will not exist more than a few months and that the UK will have to hold elections once again Jang newspaper


None of the parties were able to get the trust and votes of the majority of the British people. 64% of the eligible voters participated in the election..It is 21% less in comparison with the participation of 85% of Iranian voters in the 10th presidential elections of Iran Keyhan newspaper


British fair-play has reasserted itself and political consistency has been respected Le Monde

How can a Europhobe cohabit with a Europhile? How can the defender of the City adapt to a fan of dismembering the big banks? France Inter radio


The well-oiled system of British democracy and the clarity of the Conservative leader's ideas made possible this natural speed in the mechanism of succession ABC


Oh darling, the Channel has grown wider. This is what one is tempted to say after reading the points - those dedicated to ties with Brussels - of the deal between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. The constant re-iteration of British sovereignty sounds like a re-distancing from any integration process. There is now more water between Dover and Calais, much more we believe, than one could have hoped for when the coalition was born. As regards Europe, the locomotive is Tory and the Europhile Lib Dems are struggling

Il Sole-24 Ore


Both sides expressed their readiness to carry out active work to strengthen Russian-British relations, to seek joint decisions of problematic issues to this end and to deepen co-ordination in international affairs

Itar-Tass, state news agency on phone conversation between David Cameron and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


The summer wedding was a happy one. Its hardships are yet to start Al-Sharq al-Awsat


We hope that in the next five years India will be dealt with on its own terms rather than being clubbed together with China and Pakistan, as was often the case in former Labour dispensations. Economic ties will be the fulcrum of this relationship The Times of India

The addition of the social compassion of the Liberal Democrats to the Conservative kitty has the potential of undermining the "progressive majority" that the Labour Party believes will secure its recovery

The Telegraph of Kolkata


The way ahead looks uncertain as the two parties try to reconcile considerable ideological differences, including Tory euro-scepticism versus Lib Dem europhilia and the Tory desire for more nuclear power versus Lib Dem nuclear-phobia. The markets liked the good start but Britons are bracing themselves for more political turbulence

The Star


We welcome the new No 10 Downing Street occupant and wish him well although we expect no change in Britain's foreign policy. Britain, under him, will be the same for the Palestinian people, the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and other hot spots. Similarly, Africa will continue to be at the bottom of the list as a focus area except when it comes to being a source of raw materials. Zimbabwe, in particular, should expect nothing new from Cameron except the old tired politics of the former master

Windhoek New Era


The British change of guard offers a simple lesson in the practice of modern-day democracy. Those who lose elections, by whatever margins, should accept the fact and move on to write their memoirs, give their families some of their time and hope posterity will look kindly upon them

Standard, opposition paper

The chaotic nature of British 'democracy' was laid bare for the whole world to see. But the election scandal runs deeper, as the under-representation of women shows.

Sunday Mail, government newspaper


It was not going to be an easy alliance but the parties seem determined to make it work. The world has noted the remarkable camaraderie between David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Still, doubts remain that after the gloss of newness has worn off, a marriage of convenience might unravel over identity and incompatibility

The Guardian


We believe that the new cabinet of Cameron will be a unique and dynamic one. Nevertheless, the biggest problem for the UK coalition government could be the budget. On the issue of cutting the fiscal deficit, there are obvious differences between the Liberal Democratic Party and the Conservative Party

Petaling Jaya Nanyang Siang Pau


The difference between the Conservative and Labour parties in terms of the Middle East peace process is not big but William Hague believes the change of government could help negotiations

Ynet website


The last British general elections ended up with a sort of uncertainty although some people talk about the richness of choice

Zaman newspaper


Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair has said that the government of Maldives hopes that the newly elected Prime Minister David Cameron, of the UK's sister party, would visit Maldives very soon Miadhu News

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