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Raisi: World leaders mourn late Iranian president after helicopter crash


Iran's Ebrahim Raisi to take oath

World leaders are mourning the loss of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The crash occurred in a mountainous region of Iran, claiming the lives of all nine people on board.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow on social media. “I am deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Iranian President Raisi in a helicopter crash,” he wrote on X. “My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran. India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping also conveyed his condolences. “President Xi Jinping pointed out… His tragic death is a great loss to the Iranian people, and the Chinese people have lost a good friend,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press conference.

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UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed solidarity with Iran, stating, “I extend my deepest condolences to the Iranian government and people over the passing of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and those accompanying them following a tragic accident.”

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani called the news “painful,” expressing “sincere condolences to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to the event as an “extraordinary, unthinkable tragedy.” He emphasized the strong bilateral relations between South Africa and Iran, calling Raisi a “remarkable leader.”

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EU Council President Charles Michel issued a statement expressing “sincere condolences” over the deaths. “Our thoughts go to the families,” he said.

Hamas mourned Raisi, appreciating his support for the Palestinian resistance. They described him as an “honourable supporter” who made “intense political and diplomatic efforts to stop the Zionist (Israeli) aggression.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim expressed deep sadness over the deaths. “We committed ourselves to bolstering Malaysia-Iran relations, working together for the betterment of our peoples and the Muslim world,” he stated.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended “sincere condolences and sympathy” to the Iranian people. He acknowledged the recent efforts to normalize relations between Egypt and Iran.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Raisi as an “outstanding politician” and a “true friend of Russia.” He highlighted Raisi’s contributions to developing strategic partnerships between the two countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his sorrow on X, saying, “I pray for God’s mercy for my dear colleague and brother,” and offered “sincere condolences to the friendly and fraternal people and government.”

The international community has expressed deep sorrow over this tragic event, highlighting the significant impact of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian on global relations.