Praise and contempt for the new Iranian president outright
(Reuters) – Here are some early global reactions to Ebrahim Raisi’s election as Iranian president. Raisi, 60, is a hard-line judge loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and subject to US sanctions for alleged human rights violations.
VLADIMIR POUTINE, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT
Putin congratulated Raisi and expressed his hopes for the “further development of constructive bilateral cooperation,” according to the RIA news agency, citing a press secretary at the Russian embassy in Tehran.
RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN TEHRAN CITED BY RIA
“We respect the choice of the Iranian people. We are ready to constantly strengthen cooperation with the Islamic Republic in all directions, as we have done under previous Iranian presidents.”
BARHAM SALIH, IRAQIAN PRESIDENT
“I send 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 strong relationship with our neighbor Iran and its people.”
AGNES CALLAMARD, GENERAL SECRETARY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
“The fact that Ebrahim Raisi took the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme. master in Iran. We continue to call for Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for his involvement in past and current crimes under international law, including by states exercising universal jurisdiction. “
HAZEM QASSEM, SPEAKER FOR HAMAS IN GAZA
“We congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran on the success of the democratic process, the holding of the presidential election and the victory of Ebrahim Raisi as President of Iran. We wish the Islamic Republic of Iran progress and prosperity. Iran has always been a fundamental and real support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian resistance. “
YOUSSEF AL-HASSAYNA, OFFICIAL OF ISLAMIC JIHAD IN GAZA
“Once again, the Iranian people reiterated their commitment to the path of revolution and its regime. We congratulate the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran on this great achievement.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow; Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; John Irish in Paris; written by Maayan Lubell; edited by Frances Kerry)