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President Raeisi was a revolutionary icon: Advisor

Iranians gather at Vali-asr Square in central Tehran to mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and seven others in a helicopter crash the previous day, on May 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Ebrahim Raeisi was a popular figure and a revolutionary icon, says the martyred president’s advisor for cultural and social affairs.

Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini was speaking to Press TV on Monday in an exclusive interview titled President Ebrahim Raeisi's Life and Legacy, following his martyrdom in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran.

"In the 33 or 34 months that he was president, we saw the expansion of ties with various countries, especially neighboring countries, membership in regional organizations, international organizations, various corporations, and interactions," Hosseini said. 

Raeisi was particularly vocal in calling out the Israeli regime’s genocidal war against Palestinians and urged the Muslim nations to unite.

The martyr would always mention the issue of Al-Aqsa mosque, the most important issue in the Muslim world, in his talks and speeches, urging the Muslim world to continue fighting for the Palestinians' liberation of the holy site.

Raeisi called on Muslim countries that pursued secret economic schemes with the Zionist regime despite the ongoing genocide against Gaza to change course.

Hosseini said Raeisi's tireless efforts to serve the nation best were noticed not only by the people but also by world leaders, who were saddened and shocked by his martyrdom. "So it’s natural that our people will be mourning a public figure, a revolutionary figure. They have lost this person."

"From the past day, people in every city, and village have been in mourning because it was palpable to them that what services were being provided, and how much he made great efforts," Hosseini added.

In internal affairs, Raeisi took firm and pragmatic measures to combat corruption and alleviate economic hardships.

Raeisi hailed the Iranian youth as the nation's most valuable asset and the driving force for the economy, committing to addressing their primary concerns, such as unemployment, marriage and housing.

Also, Raeisi insisted on the need to overhaul the bureaucratic system and eradicate corruption and red tape, vowing to reduce inflation to a single-digit level by increasing production and supply.

Hosseini pointed out that Raeisi's martyrdom was a huge loss. He expressed hope that his empty place would be filled somehow. "This is a catastrophe. And, we hope that God Almighty makes up" for it. 

The 63-year-old cleric, who rose through the ranks to become one of the most important politicians in Iran and beyond, passed away in a helicopter crash during a visit to the northwestern border region where he and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, inaugurated two dams built on the Aras River.


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