World leaders congratulate Raeisi on Iran election victory
World leaders have extended their congratulations to Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in Iran’s 2021 presidential election.
Raeisi garnered almost 62 percent of the votes in Friday’s election with a turnout of 48.8 percent. He will succeed President Hassan Rouhani who has served two four-year terms in office.
Hezbollah, Palestine, Qatar, Oman, Turkey offer felicitations
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.”
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 the 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 the countries,” according to the Times of Oman newspaper.
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 hoped that Ankara-Tehran ties will further strengthen under the new Iranian president.
The Turkish president further said he will be pleased to visit Iran for the forthcoming meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Level Cooperation Council once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.