IP - Bodies of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and his companions were transported to Tabriz, the capital city of East Azerbaijan in northwest Iran.

Iran PressIran news: The large-scale search and rescue operation that started at Sunday noon to the early morning of Monday due to heavy fog, rainy weather, and unsuitable road passage in the mountainous area of the crashed plane ended as the bodies of martyrs were sent to a place in East Azarbaijan province where the martyrs of Tabriz are buried, Pir Hossein Kolivand said in televised remarks on Monday.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Iranian cabinet noted that the popular president of Iran, Ayatollah Raisi, has been martyred on the birth anniversary of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam.

President Raisi was to return to Tehran from Tabriz, where he attended an opening ceremony on a joint Iran-Azerbaijan dam project.