Sisi offers condolences to Iranian people over tragic death of President Raisi

Ahram Online , Monday 20 May 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has extended heartfelt condolences to the Iranian people following the tragic crash that resulted in the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, his foreign minister, and other officials.

File Photo: President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Photo: Al-Ahram


“President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, extends his deepest condolences and sympathy to the brotherly Iranian people, invokes the Almighty Allah to envelop the late Iranian President and the departed with His vast mercy, and to grant their families patience and solace,” Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy wrote on social media on Monday.

El-Sisi expressed Egypt’s solidarity with the Iranian leadership and people during this difficult time, added Fahmy.

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Raisi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and several other officials crashed in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border on Sunday.

All nine individuals on board, including officials, an imam, and crew members, tragically lost their lives, according to Iranian reports.

The bodies were discovered in the early hours of Monday morning after a challenging search operation conducted amidst blizzards and treacherous terrain throughout the night.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei assured the Iranian people on Sunday that the country's operations will continue with “no disruption.”

Mohammad Mokhber, Iran's first vice president, is expected to assume the presidency temporarily per the Iranian constitution before presidential elections are held within 50 days to select a permanent successor.

In tandem, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry also extended his condolences to the Iranian government and people over the death of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

“May Allah bestow his mercy upon the two deceased and their companions and grant their families and the brotherly Iranian people patience and solace,” said Shoukry in a post on X.

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