Afghanistan’s political figures call Raisi’s death ‘great loss’ for Iran

KABUL, Afghanistan — Many politicial figures and movements from Afghanistan reacted to the death of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.

Jamiat-e-Islami Party led by Salahuddin Rabbani expressed condolences to the Iranian government and citizens, calling the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and their companions in the helicopter crash “heartbreaking and a cause of deep sorrow and grief.”

Abdullah Abdullah, former head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, also expressed condolences on X in response to the deaths of the Iranian president and foreign minister.

In his message, he described the deaths of the Iranian leaders as a “great loss” for the country.

In the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, eight others, including the foreign minister, also died.

According to Iranian media reports, along with President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, the crash claimed the lives of Mahdi Musavi, the head of the president’s protection unit; Malek Rahmati, the governor of East Azerbaijan; a member of the Ansar al-Mahdi Corps; the helicopter pilot; the co-pilot; and an unidentified crew member.

Earlier, Mohsen Mansouri, Iran’s vice president for executive affairs, confirmed Raisi’s death.

The state-run Mehr News Agency had earlier reported that Raisi and all passengers on the helicopter had died.

The cause of the helicopter crash remains unclear, but Mehr News Agency reported that it occurred amid “adverse weather conditions.”

The helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashed while returning from the Azerbaijan border to the city of Tabriz. Iranian media have confirmed the deaths of Amirabdollahian and the other passengers.