Iraqi top Shia cleric condoles Pres. Raeisi martyrdom

TEHRAN, May 20 :– Iraq’s top cleric Ayatollah Sistani offers condolences to Iran over the martyrdom of President Raeisi and his companions.

We received the news of the death of Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the President of Iran and his companions with deep sorrow, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani wrote.

“I offer my condolences to the nation and government of Iran, especially the families of the deceased, and wish them patience,” Ayatollah al-Sistani added.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian have martyred in a helicopter crash in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

The helicopter carrying President Raeisi and his accompanying delegation crashed on Sunday in the Dizmar forest, nestled between the cities of Varzaqan and Jolfa in East Azarbaijan Province.

It was transporting Raeisi, Amir-Abdollahian, East Azarbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, Friday Prayers leader of the city of Tabriz Seyyed Mohammad Ali Al-e Hashem , and a member of the president’s bodyguard team Mahdi Mousavi. The helicopter’s pilot, co-pilot and crew were also among others on board the chopper.

President Raeisi and his accompanying delegation were returning from a ceremony to inaugurate a dam on the Aras River with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.


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