Praise and condemnation for Iran’s new hard-line president

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(Reuters) – What follows are some global reactions to the election of Ebrahim Raisi as President of Iran. Raisi, 60, is a tough judge loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and subject to US sanctions for alleged human rights violations.

VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

“Relations between our countries have traditionally been friendly and good neighborly. I hope that your work in this high office will contribute to the further development of constructive bilateral cooperation in various directions and to partnership in international affairs. This fully corresponds to the interests of the Russian and Iranian people and is in line with strengthening regional security and stability, ”Putin said in a message to Raisi, according to the Kremlin.

YAIR LAPID, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER, ON TWITTER:

“The new President of Iran, known as the Butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians. He is committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and its global terror campaign. “

BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN PRESIDENT

Assad wished Raisi success “for the sake and interest of the staunch Iranian people in the face of all plans and pressures aimed at breaking his will and undermining his independent decision,” said a statement by the Syrian presidency.

TAYYIP ERDOGAN, TURKISH PRESIDENT

“I believe that cooperation between our two countries will be strengthened during your presidency and I am ready to work with you,” Erdogan said in a letter to Raisi.

SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

“We wish the Islamic Republic and our bilateral relations stability, continuity and prosperity,” he said in a statement tweeted by the Dubai media office.

ABU DHABI CROWN PRINCE SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED

A message of congratulations was sent, according to the state news agency WAM.

HAITHAM BIN TARIQ AL-SAID, SULTAN OF OMAN

Congratulated Raisi on his victory, ONA’s state news agency reported.

TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL-THANI, QATARS EMIR

He sent Raisi a message in which he “wished him success and the continued development and growth of relations between the two countries,” said the state news agency QNA.

SHEIKA NAWAF AL-AHMAD AL-SABAH, KUWAITS EMIR

According to the state news agency KUNA, Raisi wished him “continued success and well-being and the friends of the Islamic Republic that it continues to advance and prosper”.

MUSTAFA AL-KADHIMI, PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ, congratulated Raisi over the phone, according to a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office, expressing his hope for further cooperation on economic and security issues “alongside the fight against terrorism and in a way that stimulates security and security.” Stability of the two countries and the region. “

BARHAM SALIH, IRAQI PRESIDENT

“I congratulate and wish you my sincere congratulations and blessings on your election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran … We in Iraq look forward to strengthening our solid relations with our neighbor Iran and its people.”

MICHAEL PAGE, DEPUTY MIDDLE EAST DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

“The Iranian authorities paved the way for Ebrahim Raisi to become president through repression and unfair elections. As head of Iran’s repressive judiciary, Raisi oversaw some of the most heinous crimes in Iran’s recent history that require investigation and accountability rather than election to high office. ”

AGNES CALLAMARD, SECRETARY GENERAL AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

“Ebrahim Raisi’s promotion to president instead of being investigated for crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture is a grim reminder that Iran is impunity. We continue to demand that Ebrahim Raisi be investigated for his involvement in past and current crimes under international law, including by states that exercise universal jurisdiction. “

MARYAM RAJAVI, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF RESISTANCE OF IRAN IN PARIS

“Ebrahim Raisi, the henchman in the 1988 massacre and murderer of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (PMOI / MEK), is Khamenei’s last offer to keep his regime. Weak, shaken by the crisis and shaken by the threat of uprisings, Khamenei purged all rivals in order to install Raisi as president, one of the most heinous criminals against humanity since World War II. “

MAHDI AL-MASHAT, HEAD OF THE POLITICAL OFFICE OF THE HOUTHI MOVEMENT

He sent Raisi a message of congratulations on his victory, al-Masirah TV reported.

HAZEM QASSEM, HAMAS SPEAKER IN GAZA

“We congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran on the success of the democratic process, the holding of the presidential elections and the victory of Ebrahim Raisi as Iranian President. We wish the Islamic Republic of Iran progress and prosperity. Iran has always been a fundamental and genuine supporter of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian resistance. “

YOUSSEF AL-HASSAYNA, OFFICIAL OF THE ISLAMIC JIHAD IN GAZA

“Once again the Iranian people have reaffirmed their commitment to the path of the revolution and its regime. We congratulate the Islamic Republic and the Iranian people on this great achievement. “

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow; Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; John Irish in Paris; Dominic Evans in Ankara, Writing by Maayan Lubell, Editing by Frances Kerry)



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