US State Department closely watching reports on Raisi helicopter crash — spokesperson

The US State Department is closely watching reports of the crash of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister, according to a US State Department spokesperson.

The statement comes after an Iranian official told Reuters that a helicopter carrying Raisi and his foreign minister crashed earlier today as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

Rescuers were making their way to the site of the incident, with bad weather reportedly complicating search efforts.

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