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Turkey announces day of mourning over death of Iranian president

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) and Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi attend a joint press conference in Ankara, on January 24, 2024. (Photo by ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday his country would observe a day of mourning over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We decided during our cabinet meeting to declare a day of mourning to share the deep pain of the Iranian people,” Erdoğan said during a televised speech.

“We once again offer our condolences to our Iranian brothers,” added Erdoğan, who earlier called Raisi a “dear colleague and brother.”

Ankara, which deployed a drone to the crash zone on Sunday evening to help with the search after the accident, also said Monday that its device had made it possible to locate the wreckage.

Erdoğan praised the “active role” played by Turkey in the search.

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