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Marcos expresses condolences after Iran's president death
Marcos expresses condolences after Iran's president death
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Marcos expresses condolences after Iran's president death
by Mary Antalan20 May 2024
Photo courtesy: Presidential Communications Office

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday expressed his condolences on the death of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially to the families and loved ones of the late President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and their companions in this tragic incident," said Marcos in an X post.

"The Filipino people mourn with you and will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time," he added.

According to Iran's officials and state media, Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border on Sunday.

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The crashed helicopter reported carrying Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was found early on Monday after an overnight search in blizzard conditions.

State TV reported that images from the site showed the aircraft slammed into a mountain peak, although there was no official word on the cause of the crash.

Raisi, 63, was elected president in 2021. Since taking office, he has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests, and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers.

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