Egypt Mourns Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi After Helicopter Crash

Manar Eissa

Egypt is in mourning following the tragic deaths of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi expressed his deep condolences to the Iranian people, praying for mercy upon the deceased and comfort for their families.

The devastating incident occurred as the helicopter carrying President Raisi, Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and several other officials crashed in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border on Sunday. The harsh weather and fog led to a hard landing, resulting in the loss of all nine individuals on board, including officials, and crew members.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reassured the public amidst the tragedy, stating that there would be no disruption in the country. He promptly appointed First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as the acting president to ensure leadership continuity during this challenging period.

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In addition to President El-Sisi’s condolences, the grand imam of Al-Azhar extended heartfelt sympathies to the Iranian people and the families of the deceased. Major General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), confirmed the loss of the president, the foreign minister, and seven other accompanying individuals.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic, expressed his condolences over what he called the “bitter tragedy” and declared five days of public mourning.

 

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