UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Donald Trump on election as the US president, expressing hope that the United Nations and the United States would maintain their ties, the United Nations said, Sputnik reported.
Trump secured an unexpected victory in the presidential election on Tuesday with 290 electoral votes against his rival Hillary Clinton's 232. His inauguration will be held on January 20, 2017.
"In a phone call [Friday] afternoon, the Secretary-General congratulated Mr. Donald Trump on his election as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America," the statement read.
Ban welcomed Trump’s "calls for unity following a hard-fought election."
"The Secretary-General expressed confidence that the United States and the United Nations would maintain their traditional strong ties of cooperation to advance peace and security, sustainable development and human rights throughout the world," the statement said.