Funeral for Raisi, others killed in helicopter crash held in Tehran

A large-scale funeral was held in Iran's capital, Tehran, on Wednesday for the country's late President Ebrahim Raisi and others who were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The helicopter went down in Iran's northwestern province of East Azerbaijan. All eight people on board, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, died.

Dignitaries from many nations, mainly neighboring countries, including the prime ministers of Syria and Iraq, attended the funeral.

First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, who has taken over as interim president, greeted the participants.

From China, Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing attended. From Russia, lower house Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin took part. Both countries have been deepening ties with Iran to counter the West.

Iran apparently wanted to show that its diplomatic relations with other countries are intact despite the unexpected deaths of the country's president and foreign minister.

The participants also included Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of Islamic group Hamas, senior members of Lebanese Shia Muslim group Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthi rebels, among others. Those organizations are backed by Iran.