0442 GMT August 04, 2021
Raeisi received more than 17.9 million (almost 62 percent) out of the 28.9 million votes, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, Press TV reported.
Shortly after the early results were out, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials thanked the Iranian people for taking part en masse in the election and extended felicitations to the president-elect.
Putin first to congratulate
Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first foreign leader to offer congratulations to Raeisi on his victory over three other rivals.
In a message, Putin hailed friendship and good neighborly ties between Iran and Russia, expressing hope that the two nations would keep moving toward closer constructive cooperation on issues of bilateral and international significance.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also congratulated Raeisi’s election in a message, according to IRNA.
He added that he would like to visit Iran to expand high-level bilateral cooperation in the post-coronavirus period.
In addition, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated Raeisi on behalf of his nation for “winning the trust” of Iranians and wished for Iran’s continued progress and welfare.
“I wish for your country to move forward on the path of progress and bring about prosperity in all fields for the people, who have withstood all the conspiracies and pressures mean to break their will,” he said.
“I take this opportunity to express my eagerness for closer cooperation in promoting bilateral relations between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic and pursuing common interests,” Assad said.
Iraqi leaders’ felicitations
Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi felicitated Raeisi on securing an overwhelming majority of the votes cast in the Friday election.
Secretary-general of Iraq’s Al-Nujaba resistance movement, Sheikh Akram al-Ka’abi, sent a similar note to the president-elect, expressing hope for closer ties between the two neighboring nations during Raeisi’s term.
Pakistan on Raeisi’s win
Pakistan’s Prime Minister also took to Twitter to react to Raeisi’s “landmark” election win, saying he hoped the two nations would broaden neighborly ties under Raeisi.
“Congratulations to Excellency brother Ibrahim Raisi @raisi_com on his landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections. Look forward to working with him for further strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity,” read his tweet.
In addition, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, in a message on Saturday, congratulated Raeisi’s victory on behalf of the Pakistani Parliament, government and people, IRNA reported.
He gave the assurance that relations and cooperation between Pakistan and Iran would be expanded more than ever during Raeisi’s tenure.
Sanjrani stressed that Pakistan takes pride in its close and brotherly ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and attaches great importance to them.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in a statement congratulated Iran’s Leader and people on Raeisi’s win and the successful holding of the elections in Iran, IRNA wrote.
Moreover, in a message, Yousef al-Hasseinah, a senior member of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad resistance movement, offered congratulations to the Islamic Republic and Iranian people for marking a big win in the election and hailed their supports for the Palestinian people and resistance.
Lebanon’s welcome messages
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah welcomed Raeisi’s election as Iran’s eighth president in a tweet on Saturday, saying: “Hello Ebrahim,” according to IRNA.
He also congratulated Raeisi’s victory and the successful holding of the elections.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri also congratulated Raeisi’s victory and the successful holding of the June 18 elections to Ayatollah Khamenei in a message on Saturday.
He stressed that Iran is a great and powerful country regarding its resistance in the face of US sanctions.