20 May 2024

Iranian authorities confirmed the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a helicopter crash in north-western Iran the previous day; Mohammad Mokhber, Raisi’s vice president, took over as acting president, and presidential elections were set for 28 June. The U.S. shared “official condolences”, adding that “as Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms”. Relatedly, a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson said that “we were asked for assistance by the Iranian Government. We did make clear to them that we would offer assistance, as we would do in response to any request by a foreign government in this sort of situation.… Ultimately, largely for logistical reasons, we weren’t able to provide that assistance”.

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