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Several countries are offering support and prayers to Iran after the president’s helicopter crash

Several leaders in Asia and Europe offered their support and prayers to Iran as the country continues rescue operations for a helicopter that crashed on Sunday while carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province on his way back from a ceremony to open a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan when the helicopter apparently crashed in Iran’s mountainous northwest on Sunday, according to state media.

Raisi’s circumstances, or those of the other passengers, including Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, and other officials and bodyguards, remain unknown.

Dozens of rescue crews were called to the suspected crash area, although weather conditions have made the operation more difficult, officials told state news.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday it would send 32 mountaineering search and rescue personnel and six vehicles to Iran to assist in the operations. A group of other employees is also ready if necessary, the agency says on social platform X.

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The foreign ministries of Armenia and Saudi Arabia separately said they were ready to provide support.

Janez Lenarcic, the EU commissioner for crisis management, said on X that the body is using its satellite mapping service in the reported area of ​​the crash.

A spokesperson for the Iraqi prime minister confirmed that the Interior Ministry has made Iraqi Red Crescent resources available to assist in the search, CNN reported.

“We have called the Iranian Ambassador, Mr. Mohammad Kazem Al Sadiq, who is in Tehran, to find out more about the developments of the incident. We have confirmed Iraq’s support and all possible efforts to provide assistance in the search operations,” Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid wrote on X.

Nechirvan Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, said he was “monitoring” news of the crash, writing: “I pray to the Almighty for their safety and well-being.”

Pakistani leaders also expressed their support despite tense relations between the country and Iran following a series of strikes earlier this year, according to CNN.

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“My sincere prayers and good wishes for the well-being and safety of President Raisi so that he can continue to serve the Iranian nation,” President Asif Ali Zardari wrote on X.

“Waiting with great anxiety for the good news that all is well. Our prayers and best wishes are with Hon. President Raisi and the entire Iranian nation,” Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif added on X.

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