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Japan Mourns Death of Iranian Pres. Raisi

Japan Mourns Death of Iranian Pres. Raisi

   Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government Monday expressed its condolences over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash the previous day.
   "I am deeply saddened" by his death, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement. "I would like to express my deepest condolences."
   Kishida sent a similar message to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
   "Based on the long-standing friendly relations between Japan and Iran, I have had a series of candid discussions with President Raisi" on the bilateral relations and the regional situation through meetings and telephone talks, Kishida added.
   Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi told a press conference that Japan will observe without prejudgment the effect of his death on the Middle East situation, focusing on peace and stability in the region.

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