Helicopter crash claims lives of Iran’s president and foreign minister

Iran’s president and foreign minister were travelling by helicopter in the country’s East Azerbaijan province when it came down in a forested area.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of South Africans and government, extended his condolences to the people of Iran following the death of its President Ebrahim Raisi and the country’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The helicopter that Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian and others were travelling in crashed in East Azerbaijan on their way back to Iran yesterday.

According to an article published in The Witness, Iran’s government has not yet issued confirmation of the leader’s death.

President Ramaphosa said government joins that country ‘in this moment of mourning’.

“This is an extraordinary, unthinkable tragedy that has claimed a remarkable leader of a nation with who South Africa enjoys strong bilateral relations and who we were honoured to welcome to the BRICS fold in Johannesburg in 2023.

“Our hearts go out to the affected families and the administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

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