Iran declares five-day mourning for Raisi

Iran declared a five-day mourning period after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his accompanying delegation, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, announced the mourning on X, offering condolences to the families of Raisi and his delegation.

Raisi, accompanied by a senior delegation, died after their helicopter crashed in Varzeqan, a city in Azerbaijan province, on Sunday.

The Iranian government announced the loss of the president and seven others accompanying him on Monday morning.

Search operations are facing difficulties due to bad weather conditions in the area, Iranian officials said.

The cause of the helicopter crash has not yet been determined.