Egypt following Iran's president helicopter accident with great concern: Foreign Ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 May 2024

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday that Egypt was following -- with great concern -- the circulating news over the helicopter accident carrying Irani President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid, Cairo stressed its full solidarity with the government and people of Iran in such delicate circumstances, wishing Raisi and his companions safety.

Earlier Sunday, Iran launched a large-scale search and rescue effort over a fog-shrouded mountain area after President Raisi's helicopter went missing in what state media described as an "accident".

State television reported that "an accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president" in the Jolfa region of the western province, while some officials described it as a "hard landing."

Raisi was visiting the province where he and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated a dam project on the border between the two countries.

Expressions of concern and offers to help came from abroad, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, and Turkiye. Meanwhile, the European Union said it activated its rapid response mapping service to aid in the search effort.

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