Saudi foreign minister arrives in Iran for Raisi’s funeral

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Iran’s late President Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi, along with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and six other passengers and crew were killed in a helicopter crash in Iran on Sunday.

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Qatar’s emir and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait also travelled on Wednesday to Tehran to attend Raisi’s funeral.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei led prayers for the deceased officials.

Iran’s acting president, Mohammad Mokhber, later received heads and representatives of countries from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Funeral ceremonies for Raisi and his entourage began on Tuesday with processions through Tabriz and the Shia clerical center of Qom, drawing tens of thousands of black-clad mourners.

From Tehran, the bodies will be taken to Mashhad, Raisi’s hometown in the northeast, where he will be buried on Thursday evening after funeral rites at the Imam Reza shrine.

With agencies

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