0302 GMT August 04, 2021
Raeisi garnered almost 62 percent of the votes in Friday’s election with a turnout of 48.8 percent and will succeed President Hassan Rouhani who has served two four-year terms in office, Press TV reported.
In a message sent to the president-elect, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, said, “I congratulate you on this great victory and your election as the president at this critical juncture in Iran’s history.”
“Your election win revived the hopes of the Iranian nation and other regional nations for the future and their power to counter challenges,” he added. “Resistance fighters and freedom-seeking people consider you a fortified stronghold against aggressors.”
On Saturday, he reacted to Raeisi’s election by tweeting “Hello Ebrahim”.
Additionally, Palestine’s Embassy in Tehran announced that President Mahmoud Abbas had sent a message to Raeisi, felicitating him and the Iranian people on the election victory.
Abbas also stressed the strong will of the Palestinian Authority to reinforce cooperation with the Islamic Republic in line with the interests of the two brotherly nations.
In another congratulatory note, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani wished Raeisi “success as well as further development and growth of relations between the two countries,” state news agency QNA reported.
Similarly, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said “expressed his sincere greetings” to Iran’s president-elect and wished the Iranians “further progress and prosperity”.
“His Majesty the Sultan also reaffirmed further enhancement of existing strong relations between the two countries and cooperation in the various spheres for the interest of the peoples of both countries,” according to the Times of Oman newspaper.
On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also congratulated Raeisi and wished that the poll results will lead to a more prosperous Iran.
According to a statement by Turkey’s Communications Directorate, Erdogan expressed hope that Ankara-Tehran ties will further strengthen under the new Iranian president.
The Turkish president further said he would be pleased to visit Iran for the forthcoming meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Level Cooperation Council once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
Moreover, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, also offered his felicitations.
“Afghanistan and Iran are two brotherly neighbors with the same religion, culture and language that have good and historical relations,” he said in his message. “With the victory of Mr. Ebrahim Raeisi, we expect that ties between the two governments and nations will be further developed in the fields of culture and economy as well as the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.”
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon also extended his congratulations to Raeisi, saying Tajikistan and Iran are linked by their imperishable cultural, historical and civilizational values.
He added, “We always seek to strengthen and expand friendly relations and fruitful cooperation between our countries based on mutual understanding, benevolence and pure trust.”
In a post on his Twitter account, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said, “I extend my congratulations to the Iranian people and to Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the newly elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We will continue united, working for peace and the strengthening of our cooperation and brotherhood.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza also released a statement in support of the Iranian government and nation.
Cuban president’s congratulations
Moreover, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel took to Twitter to convey his cordial felicitations to Raeisi and wish him success in performing his duties.
Also, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and his deputy, Rosario Murillo, forwarded a congratulatory message to the Iranian president-elect.
“On behalf of the people and the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity of the Republic of Nicaragua, we offer our deepest congratulations on the election victory,” the message read.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also congratulated Raeisi’s win in a message, saying, “Your decisive victory in Iran’s elections is clearly indicative of the support for the policies and plans you will adopt to develop and strengthen your country. The people of Iran will tie their future to you. I wish you success in achieving your goals.”
He also called for the continuation of cooperation in the future between the two friendly and neighboring countries.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Raeisi in a tweet which read: “Congratulations to His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi on his election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the warm ties between India and Iran.”
On Saturday, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian sent a congratulatory message to Raeisi, saying that he believes in Raeisi's ability to continue Iran's path of prosperity and progress during his tenure.
Among the world’s political leaders, officials and groups that congratulated Raeisi’s election on Saturday were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Secretary-General of Iraq’s Al-Nujaba resistance movement Sheikh Akram al-Ka’abi, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Gaza-based Islamic Jihad resistance movement, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE.