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Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

2024-05-24 21:39 Last Updated At:23:27

The Lebanese government held a memorial ceremony in Beirut on Thursday to mourn the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials who died in the May 19 helicopter crash.

Attendees at the memorial service called Raisi's death a huge loss to Iran and the world, vowing that relations between the Hezbollah group and Iran will remain solid despite the tragic incident.

"It is a huge loss. The relationship between Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran is stable and solid, as solid as the mountains, unaffected by any variable," Ibrahim Al Moussawi, an Hezbollah official and member of the Lebanese parliament, said in an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN). 

"We lost the President of the Islamic Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and [other] leaders, but we will continue [with our bilateral ties]. This is the basic lesson in the history of this nation and this resistance -- that people have a great influence. And their departure increases determination, faith, and strength," said Hussein Hajj Hassan, Lebanon's minister of industry.

"[The death of] Dr. Ibrahim Raisi is the loss of the world -- not just the Islamic Republic of Iran -- the vulnerable world and even the whole world at all levels and many ideals. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support the oppressed people at the level of all countries of the world," said Ali Hamieh, the Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport.

Raisi, along with Amir-Abdollahian and several other officials, was killed when his helicopter went down in a fog-shrouded mountainside in Iran's northwest near the Azerbaijan border on Sunday, according to the country's state media. 

The General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces has launched an investigation into the crash. 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced on Monday five days of public mourning.

Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

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China supports all efforts leading to peaceful resolution of Ukraine crisis: spokesman

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