International Condolences over Passing of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 20:44

World leaders sent messages of condolences to Iranian officials over the passing away of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The foreign minister of Bahrain tweeted "God bless" Rafsanjani and in a separate condolence from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to Iran said he was "praying to almighty God for his soul to rest in peace and inspire Iran's president, its people and his family."

Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, sent condolences over Rafsanjani, saying he "prayed to Allah the almighty to bestow blessings on the deceased."

The secretary-general of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, called Rafsanjani "a great man" and a "protector and supporter" of modern political Shiism in the Middle East. He lamented Rafsanjani's passing as a loss to the Muslim world.

Qatar sent condolences from ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani over Rafsanjani's death.

The seven-sheikhdom federation home to Dubai, which has a large ethnic Persian population, sent condolences from its leaders to Iran over Rafsanjani's death. Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter that Rafsanjani was "one of the voices of political realism and moderation in Iran."

A US State Department official on Sunday described Ayatollah Rafsanjani ‎as a "prominent figure" throughout the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. "We send our condolences to his family and loved ones," the official said in a statement.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also sent a message in Twitter, offering condolences to the Iranian government and nation. Separately, former president of Turkey Abdullah Gul posted a message in his Twitter account, saying, “I am very sad to learn about the demise of President Rafsanjani. May Allah rest his soul in peace.”

Iraqi President Muhammad Fuad Masum, former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq Ammar Hakim have sent messages of condolence over the passing of Ayatollah Rafsanjani.

The representative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement in Tehran, Nasser Abu Sharif, described the passing of “an age-old friend of Imam Khomeini and a pillar of the Islamic Revolution’s struggles” as a great sorrow felt by the Islamic Revolution lovers around the world, particularly the Palestinians.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has also offered his condolences to Iran over the top cleric’s death.

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday expressed deep grief over the death of former President of Iran.

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