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Sri Lanka’s Opposition parties pay tribute to late Iranian President Raisi

May 21, Colombo (LNW): The National People’s Power (NPP) and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa have expressed their heartfelt condolences following the tragic demise of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other Iranian officials in a fatal helicopter accident.

In a statement, the NPP conveyed, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the departed, as well as the entire nation of Iran during this difficult time.”

The NPP highlighted that President Raisi’s loss is not only significant for Iran and the Middle East but also for the global community.

“President Raisi tirelessly worked to strengthen friendly and non-hegemonic relations with numerous countries, including Sri Lanka. His recent visit to Sri Lanka to inaugurate a hydropower project, funded by the Iranian people, stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to international cooperation and sustainable development. Furthermore, his final trip to Azerbaijan to inaugurate a similar project underscores his steadfast dedication to fostering regional collaboration and promoting mutual prosperity,” the statement read.

The NPP added that President Raisi’s legacy of fostering cooperation, development, and friendly relations will undoubtedly inspire the Iranian people to continue his mission, ensuring progress and stability within Iran and throughout the Middle East.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa also issued a statement expressing his condolences. He remarked that President Raisi’s untimely passing represents a significant loss not just for the people of Iran but for the entire region.

“Iran has lost a true statesman. While the people of Iran have endured much in their long and illustrious history, the loss of His Excellency the President will require steadfast leadership from the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I have no doubt he shall provide the necessary guidance for a country and people in mourning,” Premadasa said.

Premadasa further noted President Raisi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka, stating that the Sri Lankan people were able to experience the warmth and presence of the late President.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues, and the people of Iran during this period of immense grief and sorrow. May the people of Iran find solace in his enduring legacy, which leaves an indelible mark on the history of the people of Persia,” he concluded.

Both opposition parties in Sri Lanka underscored Raisi’s contributions to international relations and development, reaffirming their solidarity with the Iranian people during this time of profound loss.

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