Tehran (IP) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement hails President Ebrahim Raisi and Iranian top diplomat Hossein Amir-Aabdollahian for their role in promoting the Islamic Republic of Iran's diplomatic status in the international arena.

Iran PressIran news: The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday, following the martyrdom of the Iranian President and Foreign Minister, said that President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir-Aabdollahian played a lasting role in the history of Iran’s foreign policy.

The ministry extended condolences to the Iranian people and the families of the martyrs and hailed the late president and his foreign minister for their efforts to promote Iran’s international status, forge friendship among regional countries, and help establish justice across the West Asia region and beyond.

The ministry also expressed its sincere gratitude towards world leaders as well as political and religious figures across the globe for their sympathy with the Iranian nation and government.

The helicopter carrying President Raisi and his entourage crashed in the Varzaqan region of East Azerbaijan province on Sunday.

Their aircraft and two other copters were en route to Tabriz City hours after Raisi, along with his counterpart from the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, inaugurated the jointly-built Qiz Qalasi Dam at the border between the two countries earlier that day.  

Elected in 2021, Raisi served as the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.