Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death: How it may reverberate?

The whole world was stunned when they heard that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had passed away suddenly. He, along with his Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the mountainous region of East Azerbaijan.

A rescue team works following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province
A rescue team works following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 20, 2024. (Photo: Reuters Via West Asia News Agency)

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The Incident

The helicopter, which had nine people on board, encountered difficulties in thick fog during its return journey from a visit to the Iran-Azerbaijan border. The crash led to an extensive search-and-rescue effort that lasted for hours, with support coming from the European Union and Turkey, among others. Unfortunately, the emergency teams faced challenges due to the dense fog and rapidly dropping temperatures.

Reactions to the Tragedy

Leaders from around the world have shared their sympathies over the passing of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. China’s President Xi Jinping referred to Raisi’s death as a “tragic loss,” stating that it was not only felt by the Iranian people but also by the Chinese, who considered him a close friend. Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, conveyed the bloc’s heartfelt condolences for Raisi’s demise. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep sorrow and shock upon hearing the news of Raisi’s passing.

Impact on Iran and the World

Raisi’s death is anticipated to carry considerable consequences both at home and abroad. Iran ranks among the leading producers of crude oil. The potential disruption in crude oil production and exports until Raisi’s successor assumes office is likely to lead to volatility in the market.

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