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The World Reacts to the Death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

World leaders have expressed their condolences over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

Rescue teams began searching for Raisi on Sunday afternoon after his plane, which was also carrying nine other officials including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, disappeared in Iran’s mountainous northwest region near the border with Azerbaijan.

On Monday morning, relief workers located the missing helicopter. State television reported that the body of the president and others on board had been identified.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must now act quickly to replace the country’s leadership as Tehran grapples with rising tensions in the Middle East and the threat of open conflict with Israel.

Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has sparked lower-level conflicts with Iranian-backed groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. Last month, Iran and Israel exchanged direct attacks against each other.

After confirming Raisi’s death, an Israeli official told Reuters that Israel was not involved.

“It wasn’t us,” the unnamed official said.

Here are some other reactions to the president’s death from around the world:

Hamas

The Palestinian group expressed its “deepest condolences and solidarity” to Khamenei, the government and the Iranian people for “this immense loss.”

It praised Raisi and Amirabollahian for their support of Palestine against Israel and expressed confidence that Iran’s “deep-rooted institutions” will overcome “the impact of this great loss.”

Yemen’s Houthis

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee, expressed his “deepest condolences” to the Iranian people and the families of the officials who died in the crash.

Al-Houthi added that he was confident that Iran would continue to remain “faithful to the loyal leaders of its people, by God’s will.”

Iraq

“We express our solidarity with the brotherly Iranian people and the officials of the Islamic Republic during this painful tragedy,” Prime Minister Shia al-Sudani said in a statement.

Pakistan

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning in Pakistan.

“May the souls of the martyrs rest in heavenly peace. “The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with usual courage,” Sharif wrote on X.

Qatar

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed his condolences to the Iranian people.

“I ask Almighty God for mercy and forgiveness [those killed] and for their families with patience and comfort. We belong to Allah and to Him we will return,” he wrote on X.

Russia

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed condolences over the deaths of two senior officials he described as “reliable friends” of Russia.

“Their role in strengthening mutually beneficial Russian-Iranian cooperation and trusting partnership is invaluable,” Lavrov said.

“We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the entire friendly people of Iran. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this sad hour.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabollahian on March 29, 2023 in Moscow [Yury Kochetkov/Pool via AP]

President Vladimir Putin joined Lavrov in expressing his condolences to Tehran.

“Raisi was an outstanding politician whose entire life was dedicated to serving his homeland,” Putin said in a letter to Khamenei posted on the Kremlin website.

“As a true friend of Russia, he made an invaluable personal contribution to the development of good-neighborly relations between our countries and made great efforts to bring them to the level of a strategic partnership,” he added.

India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by Raisi’s death.

“His contribution in strengthening bilateral relations between India and Iran will always be remembered. My sincere condolences go out to his family and the Iranian people. “India stands with Iran in this time of grief,” Modi wrote on X.

China

President Xi Jinping called Raisi’s “tragic death” “a great loss for the Iranian people and the Chinese people have lost a good friend,” according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Malaysia

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said he was “deeply saddened” by the news, noting that he had the “honor” of meeting Raisi last November.

“His commitment to justice, peace and the upliftment of the Ummah [the Islamic community] was really inspiring. We are committed to strengthening the relationship between Malaysia and Iran and working together for the betterment of our peoples and the Muslim world. Our promise will be fulfilled,” Ibrahim said.

Turkey

Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan expressed his condolences and said Ankara had been in contact with Iran since the crash was announced on Sunday.

He said Turkey’s relevant institutions, including the Defense Ministry and the Disaster Management Authority, “did their best, but unfortunately we could not hear any good news,” he told a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Ishaq Dar in Islamabad.

European Union

European Council President Charles Michel expressed his “sincere condolences” to the bloc over the deaths of Raisi, Amirabollahian and the other Iranian officials who died in the crash.

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