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

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 15:40 | By
National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang'ula with Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Ali Gholampour. PHOTO/@HonWetangula/X
National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang'ula with Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Ali Gholampour. PHOTO/@HonWetangula/X

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 perished on Sunday, 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 Kenya's first president 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 Affairs Minister well as they steer the nation in this time of mourning," Wetang'ula said.

He was accompanied by a host of Members of the National Assembly including Farah Maalim (Daadab), Jhanda Zaheer (Nyaribari Chache) , Ali Abdi (Ijara) and Udgoon Siyad (Garissa).

National Assembly speaker Moses Wetangula with a host of MPs at the Iranian Embassy. PHOTO/@HonWetangula/X.

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.

During his visit, Ruto and Raisi witnessed the signing of new MoUs and agreements in the areas of agriculture, livestock, culture and heritage, information, ICT, fisheries, housing, urban and metropolitan development.

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