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Tabriz residents attend farewell ceremony for Iran's late president

2024-05-23 03:20 Last Updated At:14:57

Crowds of residents attended a farewell ceremony Tuesday held in the city of Tabriz for Iran's late President Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash.

Iran's official news agency IRNA confirmed on Monday the deaths of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, East Azarbaijan's Governor Malek Rahmati, senior Shia cleric Mohammad-Ali Ale-Hasehem, and others in the helicopter crash on Sunday in Varzaqan County in Iran's East Azarbaijan Province.

A funeral procession took place in Tabriz, a city near where the crash occurred in north-western Iran, carrying the caskets of the late President Raisi and others who died in the air crash.

"The government must continue to follow the path he created. Anyone replacing him must follow what he did. Whatever he did for the Iranian people, the next person must do the same," said Magsood Rahnoo, a taxi driver.

Residents also expressed their deep admiration and great sorrow for the late President, maintaining a firm belief that Raisi's tragic death would not disrupt the development of the country.

"He was, after all, the president of this country. We naturally have intense emotions and feelings toward our president, definitely," said Omran Aghazi, a businessman.

"It will take some time until he is replaced and until the country starts functioning again. But I hope everything will go back to normal. They're always in our hearts, and we will remember them," said Arya, a University student.

The funeral and commemoration ceremonies for Raisi and his entourage were held on Wednesday in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Tabriz residents attend farewell ceremony for Iran's late president

Tabriz residents attend farewell ceremony for Iran's late president

Tabriz residents attend farewell ceremony for Iran's late president

Tabriz residents attend farewell ceremony for Iran's late president

China continues to optimize the energy consumption structure, and promote green and low-carbon development to a new height, said a senior official in Beijing on Thursday.

Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, China has made a new leap in the level of energy security and stable supply, while continuously optimizing the energy consumption structure, said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

From 2013 to 2023, the total production of primary energy rose 35 percent. The installed wind power generation capacity increased by nearly five times, and the installed photovoltaic power generation capacity increased by over 30 times, said Zhang.

The official also said that China has established the world's largest charging infrastructure system. Over the course of 10 years, the proportion of coal consumption has dropped by 12.1 percentage points, while the proportion of consumption in non-fossil fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and nuclear power has increased by 7.7 percentage points. As a result, the "green content" of economic development has significantly improved.

So far, China is one of the world's advanced countries in terms of energy technology modernization.

In the future, the country will coordinate energy security and low-carbon transformation, reduce the consumption of fossil fuel energy, and continuously promote the transformation and upgrading of energy utilization.

Meanwhile, China is intensifying its efforts in the development of non-fossil energy, while coordinating the advancement of nuclear power, hydropower, and new energy development and utilization, aiming to promote high-quality development of energy.

"By 2025, approximately 12 million charging facilities will be established nationwide. Efforts will be made to increase the electrification level of end-use energy to around 30 percent by 2025. We will continue to expand the scale of green electricity consumption and increase the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption by one percentage point every year," said Zhang.

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

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