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The Global Community Mourns the Death of Iranian President & Staff

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The global community is in mourning following the devastating helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. The accident occurred near the Iran-Azerbaijan border amid challenging weather conditions, leaving no survivors among the nine individuals on board.

This tragedy strikes amidst a period of internal strife and external pressures in Iran, including the contentious nuclear program and its involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The incident has also reignited discussions about the broader unrest in the Middle East, particularly following recent escalations between Hamas and Israel.

Leaders from around the world have expressed their condolences. Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari lamented the loss of a “great friend,” recalling Raisi’s recent visit aimed at bolstering bilateral ties. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a national day of mourning, and Deputy PM Ishaq Dar shared his personal grief over the loss.

From India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his heartfelt sympathies, emphasizing Raisi’s role in strengthening India-Iran relations. Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe also offered his condolences.

In the Gulf region, the United Arab Emirates, having recently improved relations with Iran, expressed solidarity. Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and PM Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended their deepest sympathies, while Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, described the news as “painful.”

The outpouring of support reflects the high regard in which the late Iranian leaders were held and the impact of their untimely passing on international relations. The incident has brought together nations in shared grief and solidarity during this challenging time for Iran and the world at large.

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