TEHRAN - Iran’s President-elect Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi held a meeting with high-ranking military commanders in Tehran on Tuesday.
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Muhammad Hussein Baqeri and a group of other high-ranking military commanders met with Rayeesi to congratulate him on victory in the Friday presidential elections.
General Baqeri and senior commanders of the IRGC, Army, Law Enforcement Police force, the defense minister and a group of other high-ranking military commanders met with Raeisi.
During the meeting, the senior military commanders emphasized readiness of the Armed Forces to assist the new government and upgrade the capabilities of the Islamic Republic in various fields and formation of a strong Iran.
Rayeesi, for his part, appreciated General Baqeri and other military commanders for their visit, and expressed the hope that the Iranian people would better off as compared to the past through using all the potentials available in the country.
Prior to the visit, IRGC Top Commander Major General Hussein Salami and members of the IRGC Command, as well as the Commander of the Police Force and a group of other senior police commanders had also visited Raeisi at his office to congratulate him on victory.
President-Elect Raeisi Receives More Congratulatory Messages
Congratulatory messages continue to pour in on Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s victory in Iran’s 2021 presidential election.
Raeisi was elected Iran’s eighth president after he garnered almost 62 percent of the votes in the June 18 election with a turnout of 48.8 percent. He will succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a tweet on Tuesday congratulated Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi’s victory in the June 18 presidential race.
“The people & the Government of #SriLanka congratulate HE Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati on the landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of #Iran’s 13th Presidential election,” he said.
“We look forward to working together to further strengthen our bilateral relations,” he further noted.
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, in a message, congratulated the Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in the June 18 presidential election.
Berdimuhamedow said in a message that the multilateral relations between Turkmenistan and Iran as the neighboring countries have been known as good neighborly relations.
Referring to the friendly relations with Iran, he added that Iran-Turkmenistan relations will be further developed in the interests of the two states based on deep-rooted experiences and mutual respect.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the country’s leader Kim Jong-un had felicitated Raeisi in a note sent on June 20.
“On behalf of the government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I extend my warm congratulations to you on your election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Kim’s message read.
“Your election as President is a manifestation of Iranian people’s deep trust in and high expectation for you,” it added. “I take this opportunity to express my conviction that the friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries would further expand and develop, and wish you success in your responsible work for firmly defending the national sovereignty and building a powerful Iran.”
On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his congratulations to Raeisi on his election win, describing their two countries as “comprehensive strategic partners.”
“I attach great importance to the development of China-Iran relations,” Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying.
The Chinese president also expressed his willingness to work with Raeisi in order to strengthen strategic communication, consolidate mutual political trust, and expand and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation.
Additionally, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune congratulated Raeisi on his victory in Iran’s presidential race in a message.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was the first European leader to extend his congratulations to Raeisi and wish him success as Iran’s new chief executive.
“The Republic of Serbia is still determined to cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said in a message. “I am confident that relations between the two countries will develop in line with their mutual interests.”
Vucic further appreciated Iran for adopting principled positions in defense of the territorial integrity of countries under the UN Charter.
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Japarov, Iraqi politician and former prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo are other world leaders who have extended their congratulations to Raeisi.
*****A group of Iranian high-ranking military commanders met with Iran’s President-elect Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.