Saudi Arabia expresses concern over helicopter accident involving Iran’s Raisi

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Sunday expressing concerns regarding an accident involving a helicopter that was carrying Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

President Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province when the helicopter made a “hard landing” near Jolfa, a city on the border with the nation of Azerbaijan, approximately 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran, Iranian state TV announced.

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“We affirm that the Kingdom stands by the sisterly Islamic Republic of Iran in these difficult circumstances and its readiness to provide any assistance that the Iranian agencies need,” the ministry said in a statement.

Rescue teams were attempting to reach the site but faced significant challenges due to poor weather conditions, including heavy rain, fog and wind. Babak Yektaparast, an emergency services spokesman, told Iran’s state news agency IRNA that a rescue helicopter had tried to access the area but was hindered by thick mist.

In addition to President Raisi, the helicopter was carrying several other officials, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, according to IRNA.

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