Iraq, UAE offer Iran help in search for Raisi helicopter

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Iraq and the United Arab Emirates offered Iran help in search and rescue efforts on Sunday after Iranian state media said President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter was involved in “an accident” in poor weather conditions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani “instructed the interior ministry, the Iraqi Red Crescent and other relevant authorities to offer the Islamic Republic of Iran the available resources to aid in the search for the Iranian president’s aircraft,” government spokesman Bassem al-Awadi said in a statement.

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UAE foreign ministry said in a statement that it stands by Iran and is ready to provide support in efforts to locate a helicopter carrying the Iranian president.

Iranian state television announced that “an accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president” in the Jofa region of the western province of East Azerbaijan.

Search and rescue team were headed to the remote mountain area, state media said, adding that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was also aboard the aircraft.

State TV broadcast footage of an Iranian Red Crescent team walking up a slope in thick fog, as well as live footage of crowds of worshippers reciting prayers in the holy Shrine of Imam Reza in the city Mashhad, Raisi’s hometown.

Other countries also announced their support for Iran.

The Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement sunday expressing its concern following the news of the helicopter accident. The statement said that it stands in solidarity with the Iranian government and its people.

With agencies

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