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Iranian President and Foreign Minister Killed in Helicopter Crash

In a tragic turn of events, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the country’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the East Azerbaijan province on Sunday. Alongside them, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati and East Azerbaijan Imam of Friday Prayer Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem also perished in the crash as they were returning from the inauguration of a dam at the Iran-Azerbaijan border.

Initial reports indicated that the helicopter went down in the Dizmar forest between Varzaqan and Jolfa, with adverse weather conditions and thick fog cited as potential causes. Iran’s state television reported, “Upon finding the helicopter, there was no sign of life among the passengers.”

Here’s a brief overview of who the notable figures lost in the crash were:

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Born on April 23, 1964, in Damghan, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Tehran.

He served in various diplomatic capacities, including as Ambassador to Bahrain and Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs.

Amir-Abdollahian was known for his unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and had close ties with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He played pivotal roles in Iranian nuclear negotiations and US-Iran talks in Iraq.

Additionally, Amir-Abdollahian contributed to academia and aimed to strengthen Iran’s relations with its Arab neighbors, particularly Saudi Arabia.

He played a significant role in restoring ties between Tehran and Riyadh in a Chinese-brokered deal in March 2023.

Malek Rahmati

Malek Rahmati served as the governor-general of East Azerbaijan province from 2024 until his untimely demise. Previously, he held the position of head of the Privatization Organization of Iran.

His tenure was marked by efforts to enhance governance and development in the region.

Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem

Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem was a revered religious figure who served as the representative of Vali-e-Faqih in East Azerbaijan province and as the Imam of Friday Prayer in Tabriz.

With a doctoral degree in Islamic studies, he was deeply respected for his religious scholarship and leadership.

The tragic crash occurred amidst regional tensions, particularly heightened by Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza and recent skirmishes with Iran. President Raisi had consistently reiterated Iran’s steadfast support for Palestine, a stance he reaffirmed in his final speech at the dam inauguration.

The loss of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and their companions leaves a profound void in Iran’s leadership and underscores the fragility of life amidst geopolitical complexities. As Iran mourns the untimely demise of these esteemed figures, the international community extends its condolences and watches closely as the nation navigates through this challenging period.

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