Iran to hold memorial ceremonies for late president

Memorial ceremonies for the late President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian are planned in Iran today.

Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian and seven senior Iranian officials died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The confirmation of their deaths was made by the Iranian government, following the identification of all the victims despite severe burns. The bodies have been transported to Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

Local media reported that a ceremony is being planned in the provincial capital of Tabriz in the morning, followed by a ceremony in the religious stronghold and pilgrimage city of Qom.

The date for the funerals of the two statesmen has not yet been announced.

Raisi is to be buried in his hometown of Mashhad.

The helicopter crashed in dense fog on the mountains over East Azerbaijan Province while the deceased were travelling back from a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

President Bola Tinubu and other world leaders have extended their condolences to the government and people of Iran over the passing of President Raisi and other officials.



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