Iran’s powerful allies on Monday mourned the death of its President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, while regional militants hailed him as a supporter of the Palestinian cause.

Here is a roundup of key reactions:

China

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China’s President Xi Jinping said “his tragic death is a great loss to the Iranian people, and the Chinese people have lost a good friend,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference.

European Union

The European Union expressed its “sincere condolences”.

“Our thoughts go to the families,” EU Council President Charles Michel said in a statement.

France

France sent its condolences “to the Islamic Republic of Iran… (and) to the families of the victims of this accident,” in a statement from the foreign ministry.

India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise” of Raisi, adding that “India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.”

Exiled opposition group

Exiled Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said Raisi’s death “represents a monumental and irreparable strategic blow to the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the entire regime, notorious for its executions and massacres”, in a statement from the group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Raisi as an “outstanding politician” and said his death was an “irreplaceable loss.”

“As a true friend of Russia, he made an invaluable personal contribution to the development of good-neighbourly relations between our countries, and made great efforts to take them to the level of a strategic partnership,” Putin said in a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Turkey

Turkey was “deeply saddened” by Raisi’s death and “shares the pain of the friendly and brotherly Iranian people,” Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his “sincere condolences to the friendly and fraternal people and government,” in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

Hamas-Gaza

Hamas mourned Raisi as an “honourable supporter” of the Gaza-based Palestinian militant group whose October 7 attack is responded disproportionately by Israel in form of a genocide.

Hamas said it appreciated Raisi’s “support for the Palestinian resistance and tireless efforts in solidarity” with Palestinians since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Hezbolllah-Lebanon

Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group, which has traded deadly cross-border fire with Israel during the war, praised Raisi as “a strong supporter, and a staunch defender of our causes… and a protector of the resistance movements”.

Lebanon announced three official days of mourning.

Houthis-Yemes

Yemen’s Tehran-backed Houthi rebels saying Raisi’s death “is a loss not only for Iran but also for the entire Islamic world and Palestine and Gaza,” Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said on X, adding that the Palestinians were “in dire need of the presence of such a president who continued to defend” their right to freedom.

UAE

Iran’s Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar sent their condolences.

The oil-rich UAE “stands in solidarity with Iran at this difficult time”, said Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Qatar

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called the news “painful”.

Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed solidarity with close ally Tehran, which has backed him during more than a decade of civil war.

“We worked with the late President to ensure that strategic relations between Syria and Iran flourish always,” the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

Iran’s arch-enemies the United States and Israel had yet to react publicly.