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Cuba laments death of Iranian president in a helicopter crash

Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel, on behalf of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the Government and the people, lamented on Monday the death of his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash.

Diaz-Canel also expressed his sorrow for the death of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other companions in the same accident.

On his X profile, the Cuban head of State described Raisi as a friend, an admirable politician, and loved by his people.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also expressed his deepest condolences to Iran for the death of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian, which he extended to the families and friends of the victims.

All of Cuba’s solidarity and support to the sister Islamic Republic of Iran, Rodriguez wrote on X. The authorities of the Islamic nation confirmed this Monday the death of Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, and Tabriz’s Friday Prayer Imam Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem after an intense search on Sunday.

The helicopter where they were traveling had to make an emergency landing, prompting an intensive search by the Red Crescent and the country’s military and police auxiliaries, with the support of other nations, in complex weather conditions that hampered visibility.

Raisi arrived at Tabriz airport on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the Qiz Qalasi joint dam on the Aras River, bordering Iran and Azerbaijan, in the presence of his counterpart, Ilham Aliyev.

The head of the Islamic Republic also visited the managers of the bridge project connecting the Aras road and railway as part of the corridor between Julfa in East Azerbaijan and Kalala in the Republic of Azerbaijan.