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Iraqi president arrives in Tehran to pay homage to 'Martyr Raeisi'

The undated photo shows Iraq’s President Abdul Latif Rashid disembarking a plane.

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid has arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran to pay tribute to late President Ebrahim Raeisi and his companions, who lost their lives in a helicopter crash last week.

The airplane of Rashid and his accompanying delegation landed at Tehran’s International Mehrabad Airport on Saturday morning.

Rashid’s visit to Tehran with the aim of conveying his country’s condolences over the Iranian president’s passing came a few days after Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani visited Tehran to meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and attend the funeral procession of Raeisi and his companions.

Offering Iraq’s condolences to the Iranian leadership, government and nation over the tragic incident, Sudani said, “What we saw in Mr. Raeisi, the martyred president of Iran, was nothing but honesty, sincerity, purity, work and ... serving the people.”

In the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei thanked Sudani for his visit and his expression of sympathy, saying, “We have lost an outstanding figure. President Raeisi was a great brother and an efficient, competent, sincere and serious official.”

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Over the past days, dozens of world leaders, presidents, ambassadors and international personalities as well as high-profile figures of the Axis of Resistance have participated in various ceremonies across Iran to commemorate the tragic loss of President Raeisi.

On Sunday, the helicopter carrying Raeisi and his entourage crashed as it was on its way to Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s East Azarbaijan province, from a location on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan where the Iranian president had opened a major dam project.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and two senior provincial officials along with crew members and President Raeisi's bodyguard also died in the crash.

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