Erdogan declared a day of national mourning after Raisi's death

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a day of national mourning after the death of Iran's president, foreign minister and other officials in a helicopter crash.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and others were found dead at the scene of a helicopter crash after hours of searching through a foggy, mountainous region in the country's northwest, state media reported.

Erdogan said the day of mourning, announced after a cabinet meeting, was meant to show that Turkey "shares the deep pain experienced by the Iranian people".

Earlier, Erdogan said he spoke by phone with Mohammad Mokber and told Iran's interim president that Turkey would stand by Tehran during this "sad period".

Erdogan's cabinet quoted the Turkish leader as saying that Turkey "will continue to meet the demands of neighborly and brotherly ties" with Iran.

Erdogan also said in a statement posted on social media platform X that he remembered Raisi "with respect and gratitude" and praised his "efforts for peace of the Iranian people and the region during his tenure."

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