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World leaders mourn death of Iran's president in helicopter crash

Several world leaders mourned the death of Iran's president, Ebrahim Raisi, following a helicopter crash on Sunday (19).

The aircraft crashed in a remote mountainous region in northwestern Iran, killing all nine people on board, including Raisi and the Iranian foreign minister.

See below the repercussions of Ebrahim Raisi's death.

Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman sent his “deepest and most sincere condolences” to Iran following the confirmation of the president’s death.

“May God have mercy on them,” he added.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil

President Lula published a message of condolence over the deaths of Raisi and the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

“My condolences to the families of all the victims, the government and the Iranian people,” he said.

In a statement, Itamaraty highlighted that it received the news of the death of the Iranian authorities with “deep consternation” and that it extends “the most sincere feelings of solidarity and regret for the irreparable losses” to the families of the victims and the Iranian people.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Iranian president as an “outstanding politician” and said his death was an “irreparable loss,” according to a Kremlin statement.

“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.

Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela

Maduro commented that he was “shocked by the terrible news of the sensitive physical loss of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

“From Bolivarian lands, we express our deepest condolences to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and wish divine consolation for such a sensitive loss.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye

Erdogan said he remembers Raisi with respect and gratitude.

“As Turkey, we will support our neighbor Iran in these difficult and sad times, as we have done many times,” he highlighted.

Bashar Al-Assad, President of Syria

The Syrian president sent condolences to Iran, saying Raisi “came forward to enrich relations with everything that benefits the Syrian and Iranian people,” state news agency SANA reported, citing Assad.

NATO, the Western military alliance

NATO spokesman Farah Dakhlallah said in a brief statement that the Western military alliance sends its “condolences to the people of Iran on the death of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and others who died in the fall of the helicopter”.

Xi Jinping, President of China

Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed that “his unfortunate death is a huge loss for the Iranian people and also causes the Chinese people to lose a good friend,” according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

“The Chinese government and the Chinese people highly value the traditional friendship between China and Iran and believe that with the joint efforts of both sides, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Iran will continue to consolidate and develop,” commented.

European Union

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and European Council President Charles Michel also offered their condolences.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

The Indian Prime Minister highlighted that he is “deeply saddened and shocked” by the case.

“His contribution towards strengthening the India-Iran bilateral relationship will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to his family and the people of Iran, India stands with Iran in this moment of sadness,” he wrote in X.

Hamas, Houthis and Hezbollah

Armed groups Hamas, Houthis and Hezbollah, all backed by Iran, sent condolences over the deaths of Raisi and the Iranian foreign minister.

Houthi official Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi sent his “deepest condolences to the Iranian people and the Iranian leadership,” adding: “The Iranian people will continue to have leaders who are loyal to their people.”

The president of Yemen's Houthi-led government, Mahdi Al-Mashat, “sent a message of condolences and condolences” to Iran.

Hamas said it is extending “its sincere condolences, deep sympathy and solidarity” to the Supreme Leader, “the Iranian government and the brotherly Iranian people.”

The group also compared Raisi to an “older brother”.

Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, Prime Minister of Iraq

The Iraqi Prime Minister expressed “sincere condolences and sympathy” to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his government.

“We express our solidarity with the brotherly Iranian people and our brothers in the Islamic Republic in this painful tragedy,” he noted.

Najib Mikati, Prime Minister of Lebanon

Lebanon announced three days of mourning for the death of Ebrahim Raisi, as announced by the country's prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Sharif said that “Pakistan will have a day of mourning and the flag will be flown at half-mast as a sign of respect to President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with brother Iran.”

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates

Al Nahyan stated that “the UAE stands in solidarity with Iran at this difficult time”, extending its sincerest condolences to the families of those killed in the accident.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar

Al-Thani expressed “sincere condolences to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran” following Raisi's death.

Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait

The emir of Kuwait sent “a telegram of condolences” after the accident, “wishing them [famílias dos falecidos] and to the Iranian people consolation.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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