Türkiye to observe day of national mourning for Iran's Raisi

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President

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# 20 May 2024 22:10 (UTC +04:00)

Türkiye will observe a day of national mourning over the death of Iran's Ebrahim Raisi, the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after his late counterpart perished in a helicopter crash, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"We have decided to declare one day of national mourning over President Raisi's passing," Erdogan said after a Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara.

Noting Türkiye's role in search and rescue efforts for Raisi after news emerged that a helicopter he was on crashed in northwestern Iran, Erdogan said:

"A Bayraktar Akinci UAV conducted 7.5 hours of search and scanning activities in the region despite the difficult weather conditions and flew a total of 2,100 kilometers (1,305 miles)," he added, referring to Türkiye's domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle.

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