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India Declares State Mourning on May 21 for Iran President Raisi’s Death

Ebrahim Raisi

The Indian government has declared a national day of mourning on Tuesday to honor Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who perished in a helicopter crash.


During the mourning period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast on all government buildings. Additionally, no official entertainment activities will be held throughout the day.

The tragic incident occurred when the 63-year-old President Raisi and his delegation were en route to the city of Tabriz, following a visit to the Azerbaijan-Iran border region. The helicopter crash in northwestern Iran resulted in the deaths of Raisi, Abdollahian, and several other officials on board. Their bodies were recovered at the crash site on Monday.

A spokesperson from the home ministry confirmed the deaths, stating, “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitaries, the government of India has decided that there will be one day’s state mourning on May 21 (Tuesday) throughout India.”

The spokesperson further detailed, “On the day of mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India on all buildings where it is regularly displayed, and there will be no official entertainment on that day.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his profound sorrow over the loss, stating that he was “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise” of President Raisi and reaffirmed India’s solidarity with Iran during this period of grief.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also conveyed his condolences, expressing shock at the news of Raisi and Abdollahian’s deaths. “Deeply shocked to hear of the passing away of Iran’s President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister H. Amir-Abdollahian in the helicopter crash,” he wrote on X. He recalled his recent meetings with the Iranian leaders and extended his sympathies to their families, emphasizing that India stands with the people of Iran in their time of mourning.

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