After Iran’s president perishes in a helicopter crash, India observes a day of sorrow

After Iran's president perishes in a helicopter crash, India observes a day of sorrow

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India observes a solemn state of mourning in response to the tragic death of an Iranian leader.

Grave Tribute and Sympathies

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the Indian government proclaimed a nationwide day of mourning as a significant show of respect and unity. This somber commemoration was held in memory of the late Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Iranian President Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a horrific helicopter crash.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in expressing his sincere condolences. We will never forget his contribution to the bilateral ties between Iran and India. My sincere sympathies go out to his family and the Iranian people.

In a similar vein, Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar expressed his deep sadness and recalled his multiple encounters—the last one being in January 2024—with the deceased leaders. “We send our sympathies to their families. In this tragic time, we stand with the Iranian people,” he declared sadly.

Paying Tribute to the Departed Officials

The Indian tricolor was flown at half-mast on all government buildings and establishments where it is normally displayed during this time of national sorrow. This symbolic act is a moving reminder of the country’s unwavering solidarity and shared mourning with the people of Iran.

In addition, all official entertainment and festivities were halted for the duration of the day, enabling the nation to come together as a nation and grieve for the lost lives.

The incident was surrounded by tragic circumstances.

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, President Raisi, 63, and his companions were returning from a visit to a community near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran when the tragic helicopter crash happened. They were traveling to the northwest city of Tabriz. Tragically, on Monday, the bodies of Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian, and numerous other officials were found at the crash scene following a thorough search across the area’s foggy, mountainous terrain.

Even though the exact reason of the disaster is still being investigated, the catastrophe shocked Iran and the rest of the world, leading to a global outpouring of condolences and professions of sympathy.

Fortifying Mutual Relations and Common Losses

India’s choice to hold a state of mourning is indicative of the two countries’ long-standing friendship and regard for one another. Throughout his presidency, President Raisi worked to strengthen the bilateral ties between Iran and India by promoting collaboration in a number of areas, such as energy, trade, and cross-cultural interactions.

India’s contribution is a potent statement of the nation’s ongoing friendship and shared commitment to honoring the legacy of the fallen leaders as it stands united with Iran during this most mournful moment.

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