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Wetang’ula condoles with Iranian envoy following Raisi’s demise


May 22, 2024

National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang’ula on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, visited the Iranian Embassy to condole with Ambassador Ali Gholampour following the tragic death of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi together with other high-ranking officials on May 19, 2024, in a helicopter crash.

Raisi’s body alongside that of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of East Azerbaijan province, other officials and bodyguards were recovered Monday morning, some hours after their helicopter crashed in Iran’s wild northwest region.

Personal condolences

Wetang’ula in a statement said he had visited the Iranian Embassy to personally relay his message of condolences.

“Today, I visited the Embassy of Iran to personally express my sincere condolences to the people of Iran following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and high-ranking officials in a tragic helicopter crash,” Wetang’ula said.

He went further to say that the visit offered him a chance to relieve memories of his interaction with the late Iranian President when he visited the Mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament buildings to lay a wreath during his visit in July 2023.

Wetang’ula was received by Ambassador Gholampour.

Gholampour expressed gratitude acknowledging the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the transition period with a further pledge to ensure that the caretaker government furthers relations Kenya has established with the republic of Iran.

“Acknowledging that Iran is in an extremely volatile region, I urged its leadership to maintain strength, stability and to focus its energies on empowering the general public.

“I wished the Acting President and Acting Foreign

President William Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale and his Defense counterpart are some of the leaders who mourned Raisi.

Raisi in Kenya

Raisi was hosted by President Ruto at State House in Nairobi on July 12, 2023.


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