World Reaction to Ike's Victory

The landslide victory of Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower caused surprise in many parts of the world. News of the win had come to Europeans at breakfast, to Asians at midday, and Australians later in the day. There was apprehension in some places that his victory might put American foreign policy into the strong confines of die-hard Republicanism. But the congratulatory messages started to pour into the U.S. from almost every quarter. British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who had enjoyed a close working relationship with President Harry Truman, was among the first to cable to Mr. Eisenhower; Mr. Churchill said that he looked forward to renewing the work of Britain and the U.S. "in the cause of peace and freedom. In the world."

Reuter's in London reported the following reactions:

Seoul (South Korea): In American frontline posts, Republican smiles and Democratic boos greeted the radio flash on Mr. Adlai Stevenson's concession to his Republican rival. Dollars changed hands and troops speculated on what might come from Mr. Eisenhower's promised visit to Korea.

Paris: A Foreign Office spokesman commented: "We feel sure Mr. Eisenhower will help solve the problems of Western Europe... "

Johannesburg: A distinct improvement in sentiment on the stock exchange was noted.

Rome: A source in the Vatican where careful impartiality was maintained throughout the Presidential campaign said: "The world must rejoice at the election of such a great international figure. Under Mr. Eisenhower's leadership the U.S. will not withdraw from the pre-eminent position it must hold in the effort to settle the critical problems facing humanity."

Salisbury (Southern Rhodesia): Prime Minister Sir Godfrey Huggins said: "I have no reasons to believe that Mr. Eisenhower will not co-operate with the Commonwealth just as well as he did during the war."

Madrid: It was felt that Mr. Eisenhower's new administration would be more sympathetic to Spain than the outgoing one."

Jerusalem: Many Israelis expressed disappointment. Premier David Ben Gurion refused to comment.

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