World Reacts to the Loss of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Fatal Helicopter Accident

The helicopter crash that claimed the lives of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, and others has prompted a wave of international reactions, ranging from heartfelt condolences to expressions of grief and solidarity.

Afghanistan’s Acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund said, "We share in the grief of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its people and extend our condolences to all the families of the victims, the nation, and the government of Iran. In these difficult times, we stand alongside the people of Iran and pray for forgiveness for all the victims of this incident and for patience for their families."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his sincere condolences to the Iranian people, praying for mercy upon the deceased and solace for their families. Russian President Vladimir Putin paid tribute to Raisi as an outstanding politician and a true friend of Russia, acknowledging his contributions to the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit joined the chorus of leaders offering their condolences, each highlighting the impact of President Raisi’s leadership and service.

Sudan’s Sovereign Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim expressed their solidarity with Iran, with Ibrahim recalling his personal interactions with President Raisi and their shared commitment to improving relations and uplifting the Muslim world.

Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni commented on the incident’s complexity within the regional framework, while Charles Michel, President of the European Council, extended the European Union’s sincere condolences for the tragic loss.

Japan’s government spokesperson Yoshimasa Hayashi, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran opposition group, also shared their sentiments. Rajavi’s statement stood out as she described the event as a significant blow to the regime, foreseeing potential internal crises and increased youth activism.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum all offered their sympathies, underscoring the profound loss felt by the Iranian people and the international community.

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced a day of mourning to honor the memory of President Raisi and the other Iranian officials. The national flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect and solidarity with Iran.

In a statement released on X, formerly known as Twitter, he said, “Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran.”

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, stated on X (formerly Twitter), "Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. His contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral relationship will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran. India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow."

The incident has not only saddened the Muslim world but also raised concerns about the future leadership and stability of the region. As the world awaits further details on the circumstances surrounding the crash, the collective mourning reflects the significant role Iran plays on the global stage and the deep connections it has fostered with various countries.

As investigations into the crash continue, the international community stands united in grief and extends its support to Iran during this period of mourning. The outpouring of condolences from world leaders underscores the respect and admiration held for President Raisi and the high regard for Iran’s position in the world. The coming days will reveal more about the aftermath of this tragedy and its implications for Iran and its relations with the global community.

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