PM Anwar extends condolences on the sudden death of Iranian President and delegates in helicopter crash

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim extended his condolences and was deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and several other officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Prime Minister in his Facebook post today said, his heartfelt condolences go out to the people of Iran during this profoundly difficult time. May Allah bless their souls and place them among the Righteous.

“I had the honour of meeting President Raisi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last November. He exemplified a deep commitment to the welfare of his people and the dignity of his nation, which represents a proud and rich civilisation rooted in the principles of Islam.

“His dedication to justice, peace, and the upliftment of the ummah was truly inspiring.

“We committed ourselves to bolstering Malaysia-Iran relations, working together for the betterment of our peoples and the Muslim world. Our pledge will be fulfilled,” Anwar said.

Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said, the Government and people of Malaysia extend their deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, the people of Iran, and all those affected by this tragic incident.

“In this moment of grief, Malaysia stands in solidarity with Iran and offers our thoughts and prayers to the nation during this difficult time,” the statement said.

According to the statement, on 19 May 2024, approximately at 1630 local time, it was reported that a helicopter ferrying President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and others made an emergency landing.

“They were returning to Tehran in the central Dizmar Forest, located between the villages of Brazin and Ardeshiri in East Azerbaijan province.

“The President had travelled to East Azerbaijan province earlier in the day to inaugurate the joint Qizqalaasi dam on the Aras border river with the President of Azerbaijan,” the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry’s statement added, the Government of Iran had confirmed the tragic news that President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and all other passengers onboard have perished in the ill-fated helicopter crash. –Malaysia World News

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