World leaders felicitate Pezeshkian on election win

President-elect reaffirms support for Resistance

World leaders are sending messages or calling Masoud Pezeshkian to congratulate his election as Iran’s 14th president and to express their readiness to continue their relations with Iran under the new government.
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a phone conversation with Pezeshkian to congratulate his
Sharif praised Iran’s election process as proof of the strength of the Islamic Republic’s democratic foundations, and wished prosperity for the Iranian people.
He said Islamabad seeks close cooperation with Tehran in order to further strengthen bilateral ties and promote regional peace and stability.
Sharif added that decisions taken jointly by both countries during the historic visit of late president Ebrahim Raisi in April 2024 had laid an excellent foundation for a mutually beneficial cooperative partnership between the two countries.
The Iranian president-elect also asserted that the importance of strengthening ties with Islamabad was an inviolable principle of Iran’s foreign policy.
Pezeshkian highlighted the significance of ties with Pakistan and pledged to further expand the mutual relations.
Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has sent a cable of congratulations to Iran’s new chief executive, saying his victory “reflects the confidence of the Iranian people in his ability to serve his country and steer it toward prosperity and development.”
Sisi also wished the president-elect “success in his duties and expressed his appreciation of the good relations between the Egyptian and Iranian people.”
Also on Monday, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world body was keen to cooperate with Iran’s new president when asked about Iran’s presidential vote.
In a phone conversation with Pezeshkian, Iraq’s Prime Minister Shia al-Sudani invited Pezeshkian to visit the neighboring Arab country.
The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and emphasized the need for the continuation of joint cooperation in various economic and security sectors.
Sudani said Iraq is optimistic about strengthening bilateral, regional and international cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad during Pezeshkian’s tenure.  
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze also sent a congratulatory message, saying, “I am confident that your efforts as the president of Iran will ensure a bright, stable and secure future for the country.”
Pezeshkian on Monday reaffirmed Iran’s support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement and condemned Israel’s actions against Palestinians.
The statement, issued to Hezbollah’s chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the IRNA official news agency, was one of the first foreign policy comments from Pezeshkian since his victory in Friday’s presidential election runoff.
In reference to Hezbollah and other resistance groups in region, Pezeshkian said, “The support of the resistance is rooted in the fundamental policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
He said he was confident that the Resistance Front would stop Israel’s “warmongering and criminal policies” in Gaza, where Israel has for nine months been at war with Hezbollah’s Palestinian ally, Hamas.
Pezeshkian, the 69-year-old heart surgeon and lawmaker, won Friday’s runoff presidential election against ex-nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, receiving 16.3 million votes compared to Jalili’s 13.5 million.
In a victory speech, Pezeshkian described his victory as the start of “a new chapter” for the country.
The election was called early after Iran’s president Raisi lost his life in a helicopter crash in May.
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