Israel warns of new Iranian president – ​​congratulations to Putin

With a historically low voter turnout, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected President of Iran. Israel warns against expanding Tehran’s nuclear program and sharply attacks Raisi.

Israel has harshly criticized the election of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s president. “Iran’s new president, known as the butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians,” Israel’s new foreign minister, Jair Lapid, tweeted on Saturday. “He is committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and its campaign of global terror.”

Israel also warns against expanding Iran’s nuclear program. With Raisi, Iran has elected “its most extremist president to date,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Lior Haiat wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Raisi is also committed to Iran’s “military nuclear program”. His election therefore makes clear Iran’s “malicious intentions”. The international community must be “greatly concerned”.

Israel firmly rejects the international nuclear agreement with Iran, whose revival is currently being negotiated in Vienna. The Israeli government accuses Iran of trying to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran denies this accusation.

USA criticize election

The US has criticized the conduct of the presidential election in Iran. A spokesman for the State Department said on Saturday that the people of Iran had been “denied a free and fair election process”. At the same time, however, he announced that the United States would continue negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program alongside its allies and partners.

Putin congratulates Raisi ‘traditionally friendly’

The judge and conservative cleric Raisi was elected President Hassan Rouhani’s successor with an overwhelming majority on Saturday and will replace him at the beginning of August. As one of four Sharia judges, Raisi oversaw the execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. According to official figures, Raisi received almost 62 percent of the votes in Friday’s election. At 48.8 percent, voter turnout was the lowest it has ever been in an Iranian presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, congratulated Raisi on his election victory. Relations between Russia and Iran are “traditionally friendly,” Putin said. Raisi’s election will now help to expand “constructive bilateral cooperation in many areas and our partnership in international affairs”.

Syria’s ruler Bashar al-Assad also conveyed his “heartfelt congratulations” to Raisi and wished him success in his new duties. Assad referred to the “external pressure” under which Raisi had to direct his country’s fortunes.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also congratulated Raisi on his election and offered him his cooperation. Erdogan therefore hopes for increased cooperation between Turkey and Iran.