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Rafsanjani calls for more investment to raise safety standards in Iran

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA-Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Wednesday called for more investments to raise national safety standards after Monday's Falcon jet crash, which followed another plane crash almost one month earlier.

"We should make more investment for the country's safety because such incidents both damage our prestige and demoralize the public," said Rafsanjani in his second sermon to a large group of worshipers at the Eid-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) congregation prayers at Tehran University Campus.

Rafsanjani said, "No more than 40 days have passed since the C130 plane crash and the reality behind the case is still unknown. Rumors are hurting the people like leprosy, making them concerned over other possible incidents." He stressed on building up aerospace safety standards, saying that the public must be immediately informed of such incidents and those responsible held accountable to prevent any suspicions.

All the 11 people aboard the Falcon jet were killed when it crashed in Aidinlou village, 12 km west of Orumiyeh, in northwestern province of West Azarbaijan Monday. The martyrs were top commanders of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps (IRGC).

In another part of his sermons, Rafsanjani thanked the Saudi government, especially King Abdullah, for facilitating visits to the Baqi Cemetery in Medina by Iranian Hajj pilgrims.

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