Monday 20 May 2024 - 08:32

World Leaders Shocked and Saddened by Raisi’s Martyrdom

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World Leaders Shocked and Saddened by Raisi’s Martyrdom
Raisi died alongside his accompanying delegation, including Foreign Minister Hossein AmirAbdollahian, after their chopper crashed in the Dizmar forest in East Azarbaijan Province on Sunday.

Following an hours-long search hampered by poor weather conditions, rescuers found the burnt-out wreckage of the helicopter and its passengers were confirmed dead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Iran over the martyrdom of Iranian President Raeisi, saying that he devoted his life to serving his motherland.

"Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi was an outstanding politician whose whole life was devoted to serving the Motherland."

"He rightfully enjoyed the high respect of his compatriots and considerable prestige abroad."

"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 strategic partnership," Putin said, Sputnik reported.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise” of the Iranian president.

“My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran,” he added. “India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow,” he said in social media post on Monday.

India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar also posted on X that he was “deeply shocked to hear of the passing away” of President Raisi and his own counterpart Hossein AmirAbdollahian.

“Our condolences to their families,” he said. “We stand with the people of Iran at time of this tragedy.”

Iranian President Raeisi die in a helicopter crash in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning “as a mark of respect for President Raeisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran.”

“Pakistan had the pleasure of hosting President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on a historic visit, less than a month ago. They were good friends of Pakistan,” he wrote on X.

“I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss. May the martyred souls rest in heavenly peace. The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage.”

Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was shocked by the tragic demise of President Raisi.

He described the Iranian chief executive as “an exemplary person, an outstanding world leader,” as well as a “protector of the sovereignty of his people and an unconditional friend” of Venezuela.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani also offered deepest condolences and sympathy to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, along with the Iranian government and people, over the incident and wished divine mercy for the martyrs.

“With great sorrow and profound sadness, we received the news of the tragic helicopter crash in northern Iran that claimed the lives of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein AmirAbdollahian, and their companions,” he said in a statement