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Pakistan declares day of mourning after President Raisi death

Foreign Office says country is saddened over martyrdom of Iran’s president

By News Desk

May 20, 2024 11:41 AM


Pakistan declares day of mourning after President Raisi death

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning after Iranian media reported that President Ebrahim Raisi had died in a helicopter crash.

"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," Shehbaz posted on X, formerly Twitter.

"I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss," he added.

"The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage."

The Pakistani leader hosted Raisi in Islamabad for a three-day visit in April in a bid to mend ties between the neighbours after they traded deadly strikes earlier this year.

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Foreign Office reaction

The government and the people of Pakistan on Monday expressed deep shock and sadness over the tragic news of the martyrdom of President of Iran Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, and the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this moment of profound sorrow and grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the martyrs and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We stand in solidarity with them in this time of national tragedy,” the Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said in a statement released in Islamabad.

She said that President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were esteemed leaders and statesmen whose contributions to their country and reinforcing Pakistan-Iran relations and regional cooperation will always be remembered.

She recalled that both leaders had visited Pakistan this April when important understandings were reached by the two sides to further solidify their bilateral ties.

Pakistan reiterates its commitment to furthering the bonds of friendship and cooperation with Iran, as envisioned by the late leaders, she added.

World reactions to death of Iran's President Raisi

Iran's powerful allies on Monday mourned the death of its President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, while regional militants hailed him as a supporter of the Palestinian cause.

Russia and China called the ultraconservative leader a "friend", while Iran's arch-foes the United States and Israel had yet to react publicly.

Here is a roundup of key reactions:

- China-

China's President Xi Jinping said "his tragic death is a great loss to the Iranian people, and the Chinese people have lost a good friend," foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference.

- European Union -

The European Union expressed its "sincere condolences".

"Our thoughts go to the families," EU Council President Charles Michel said in a statement.

- France -

France sent its condolences "to the Islamic Republic of Iran... (and) to the families of the victims of this accident," in a statement from the foreign ministry.

- India -

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise" of Raisi, adding that "India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow."

- Iranian opposition -

Exiled Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said Raisi's death "represents a monumental and irreparable strategic blow to the mullahs' supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the entire regime, notorious for its executions and massacres", in a statement from the group's leader, Maryam Rajavi.

- Russia -

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Raisi as an "outstanding politician" and said his death was an "irreplaceable loss."

"As a true friend of Russia, he made an invaluable personal contribution to the development of good-neighbourly relations between our countries, and made great efforts to take them to the level of a strategic partnership," Putin said in a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

- Turkey -

Turkey was "deeply saddened" by Raisi's death and "shares the pain of the friendly and brotherly Iranian people," Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his "sincere condolences to the friendly and fraternal people and government," in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

- Hamas -

Hamas mourned Raisi as an "honourable supporter" of the Gaza-based Palestinian militant group whose October 7 attack on Israel sparked the bloodiest-ever war in the coastal territory.

Hamas said it appreciated Raisi's "support for the Palestinian resistance and tireless efforts in solidarity" with Palestinians since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

- Hezbollah -

Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group, which has traded deadly cross-border fire with Israel during the war, praised Raisi as "a strong supporter, and a staunch defender of our causes... and a protector of the resistance movements".

Lebanon announced three official days of mourning.

- Huthis -

Yemen's Tehran-backed Huthi rebels saying Raisi's death "is a loss not only for Iran but also for the entire Islamic world and Palestine and Gaza," Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said on X, adding that the Palestinians were "in dire need of the presence of such a president who continued to defend" their right to freedom.

- Gulf states -

Iran's Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar sent their condolences.

The oil-rich UAE "stands in solidarity with Iran at this difficult time", said Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called the news "painful".

- Syria -

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed solidarity with close ally Tehran, which has backed him during more than a decade of civil war.

"We worked with the late President to ensure that strategic relations between Syria and Iran flourish always," the Syrian presidency said in a statement.


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