helicopter crash

1. Manipur declares a day of mourning for Iran’s President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian.
2. The tragic incident happened due to a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province.
3. Iran’s President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian lost their lives in the crash.

Imphal, May 21: The Government of Manipur has announced a day of mourning on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, to honor the tragic loss of H.E. Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and H.E. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s Foreign Minister, who both perished in a helicopter crash.

The demise of Iran’s President Raisi occurred following a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province on Sunday. The tragic incident, which occurred amidst preparations for the upcoming presidential elections on June 28, sent shockwaves through Iran and beyond.

Iranian state television reported that there was “no sign” of life among the helicopter’s passengers upon its discovery in a mountainous area.

The loss of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian is particularly poignant given Iran’s recent involvement in regional conflicts, notably its stance on the Gaza conflict and tensions with Israel.

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President Raisi, who assumed office in 2021, had vocally supported Palestine, a stance emphasized in his recent speeches, including during a dam inauguration ceremony.

Videos shared by Iranian state media showed the President aboard the ill-fated helicopter, along with other senior officials, moments before the crash.

In response to this tragic event, Manipur will observe solemn remembrance by lowering the National Flag to half-mast on all government buildings and offices across the state.

Furthermore, all official entertainment activities scheduled for the day will be suspended as a mark of respect for the departed leaders.