Iranian President's Death: EU extends “sincere condolences” to Iran

After the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raissi and his Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian President of the European Union Council Charles Michel condolences to the relatives. “The EU expresses its sincere condolences on the death of President Raissi and Foreign Minister Abdollahian as well as other members of the delegation and crew in the helicopter crash,” Michel wrote on the X online service. “Our thoughts are with their families.”

Raissi died in a helicopter crash in Iran on Sunday. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also took part.

Russia and China recognize Raissi as a friend

That Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to relatives and praised Raissi as an extraordinary politician. “(Raisi) was highly respected by his compatriots and enjoyed high prestige abroad,” said a condolence letter to Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published by the Kremlin. Raissi is a “true friend of Russia” and supports “good neighborly relations” between Russia and Russia Iran expanded to “strategic partnerships”. The two countries have had close ties for a long time, and cooperation became even closer with the start of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.

Also Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed Raissi's “deep sadness at the death” in a message; he was a “good friend” of the Chinese people. Xi expressed his “sincere condolences” to the Iranian government and people, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Xi emphasized, among other things, that Raissi had made “important contributions to safeguarding Iran's security and stability” and to the “strategic partnership between China and Iran.” His death was “unfortunate” and a great loss for the people of Iran and China.

Neighboring countries expressed their sympathy

That Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning for his country. Pakistan will “fly its flag at half-mast as a sign of respect for President Raissi and his colleagues and in solidarity with brother Iran,” the head of government wrote in X. Both Raissi and Amir-Abdollahian are close friends of Pakistan's Sharif. write. Also Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari expressed his disappointment over Raissi's death in a statement.

That Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also conveyed X's condolences to the people of Iran and the families of Raissi and the other deceased. Türkiye previously supported searching for the crash site, including using drones. Neighboring Turkey and Iran have good trade relations. While there are some fundamental conflicts of interest, there are also strategic partnerships, for example in Syria.

That Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also disappointed: “Under President Ebrahim Raissi, the Iranian people have lost an extraordinary statesman who served his country with dedication and commitment throughout his life. His memory will always live in our hearts,” he said in a condolence telegram. Raissi and his foreign minister were returning from a meeting with Aliyev on Sunday when their helicopter crashed for unknown reasons.

That Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in X, he received the news of Raissi's death with deep feelings of sadness. India supports Iran “in this difficult time”.

That Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, whose ruling coalition is close to Iran, expressed “tremendous sadness” in a statement over the death of the president and those accompanying him. He expressed his condolences to Iran's supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the “fraternity of the Iranian people.”

Similar comments were made a leader of the Houthi militia in Yemen, which is supported by Iran in its long-standing struggle against Yemen's internationally recognized government. Also radical groups Hamas and Hezbollah expressed their condolences. Hamas thanked Raissi and Amir-Abdollahian for their “intensive political and diplomatic efforts to end the Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people.” Hezbollah describes Raissi as a “protector” of anti-Israel groups in the region.

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