Condolence Messages Pour in over Martyrdom of Iran President, FM

9:37 - May 20, 2024
News ID: 3488413
IQNA – World leaders are sending condolence messages to Iranian people and officials after a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.


The incident happened in the Dizmar forest, nestled between the cities of Varzaqan and Jolfa in East Azerbaijan. Rescue teams located the wreckage of the helicopter in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The Iranian cabinet announced on Monday that details about the funeral ceremony will be announced later.

Meanwhile, officials from across the world are sending condolence messages to Tehran.


Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani offered his condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian governmental nation.

He also expressed his support to the friendly and brotherly nation of Iran and other officials of the country following this painful tragedy.

Seyyed Ammar Hakim, the leader of Iraq's national wisdom wrote in a message: “We received the news of the martyrdom of Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a prominent Islamic political figure, as well as a number of his companions due to the crash of the helicopter carrying them in the northwest of Iran.”

“We offer our sincere condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, and we sympathize with the nation and government of Iran, and we offer our condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased," Hakim added.


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said he was shocked by the tragic news.

He said that he was very sorry to say goodbye to an outstanding person and a great human being, a defender of the sovereignty of the Iranian people and an unconditional friend of his country.


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday announced Pakistan would observe a “Day of Mourning” over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Taking to X, the prime minister said that Pakistani flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect for President Ebrahim Raisi, 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. 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,” the prime minister wrote on X.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “saddened and shocked” by the tragic incident.

“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,” he said.


The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, extended “sincere condolences” to the Iranian people and government over the incident.

He asked “God Almighty for mercy and forgiveness for them and for their families with patience and solace. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return," he wrote on X.


Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said on X: “The EU expresses its sincere condolences for the death of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Abdollahian, as well as other members of their delegation and crew in a helicopter accident. Our thoughts go to the families.”


Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has extended his heartfelt condolences to the people of Iran following Raisi and Amriabdollahian’s deaths.

He said in a post on X: “I am deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and several other officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“I had the honour of meeting President Raisi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last November. He exemplified a deep commitment to the welfare of his people and the dignity of his nation, which represents a proud and rich civilisation rooted in the principles of Islam. His dedication to justice, peace, and the upliftment of the ummah was truly inspiring. We committed ourselves to bolstering Malaysia-Iran relations, working together for the betterment of our peoples and the Muslim world. Our pledge will be fulfilled.”


The Lebanese armed group issued a statement offering its “deepest condolences” to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Iranian people.

“We have known His Eminence the martyr president closely for a long time, so he was a great brother to us, a strong support, and a steadfast defender of our causes and the causes of the nation, foremost among them being Jerusalem and Palestine, and a guardian of the resistance movements and their fighters in all the positions of responsibility he held,” the statement said.


Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Iran’s Khamenei, describing the deaths of the Iranian president and foreign minister as a “great tragedy,” according to the Kremlin.

The Russian leader also took to Telegram to pay tribute to Raisi.

“Seyed Ebrahim Raisi was an outstanding politician whose entire life was devoted to serving the Motherland,” Putin wrote. “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.”


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his deepest condolences over the Iranian president’s death and said he remembers Raisi with “respect and gratitude”.

“As Turkiye, we will stand by our neighbor Iran in these difficult and sad times, as we have done many times,” he said in a post on X.


China’s President Xi Jinping has sent a message of condolences to Iran, mourning the death of Raisi and Amirabdollahian, according to Beijing’s Foreign Ministry.

Xi said Raisi has greatly contributed to peace and stability in Iran and played an important role in consolidating the China-Iran strategic partnership, the ministry said.

“His unfortunate passing is a big loss for the Iranian people, and China has lost a good friend,” it added. “The Chinese government and the Chinese people cherish the friendship between China and Iran. China will continue to deepen and develop this partnership. China has shown great concern for this incident and pledged to support Iran in whatever way necessary.”


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent a cable, expressing “deep regret and condolences” over the helicopter crash.

Al-Assad called Raisi’s death a “great loss” and praised his efforts to “ensure that the strategic relations between Syria and Iran remains always prosperous”.

“We will always remember his visit to Syria as an important milestone in this path, and all the visions and ideas that he presented to enrich relations with everything that benefits the Syrian and Iranian peoples,” he added.


Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has also offered his condolences following the deaths of Raisi, Amirabdollahian and other Iranian officials.

“The president of the Arab Republic of Egypt … prays that the deceased Iranian president and the departed may rest in God Almighty’s mercy, and grant their families patience and solace, expressing the solidarity of the Arab Republic of Egypt with the Iranian leadership and people in this terrible incident,” a statement read.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has also expressed his condolences in a message to the new acting Iranian President Mohammad Mokhber.

“As we send you and the brotherly people of the Islamic Republic of Iran our deepest and sincere condolences, let us ask God Almighty to cover them with His vast mercy and forgiveness, and to grant them peace,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted his statement as saying.

“May his soul rest in peace. We belong to God and to Him we shall return.”


Source: Agencies