Marcos offers condolences for passing of Iranian President Raisi

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has expressed his sympathy to Iran and its government following the tragic deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a helicopter crash.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially to the families and loved ones of the late President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and their companions in this traffic incident. The Filipino people mourn with you and will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time,” Marcos said in a statement released by the Presidential Communications Office.

The fatal crash took place on Sunday in a foggy mountainous area in western Iran. Iranian authorities confirmed the fatalities on Monday after the wreckage was discovered.

State television in Iran announced the passing of Raisi, emphasizing his contributions to the nation. His leadership faced challenges such as mass demonstrations, economic difficulties due to U.S. sanctions, and escalating tensions with Israel.

The helicopter accident also resulted in the loss of Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, who was known for his anti-Israel stance and suspicion towards the West, as well as seven other officials including the pilot and security personnel. The helicopter had lost communication with ground control while returning from an inauguration event near the Azerbaijan border. — with a report from Agence France-Presse

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