Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for “the full cooperation of Iranian authorities” in the investigations into the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on Wednesday.
Trudeau’s call comes following an admission by Iran that its army shot down the plane unintentionally.
All 176 passengers and crew on board were killed, including 57 Canadian citizens. Other victims included 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians, as well as nationals from Sweden, the U.K., Afghanistan and Germany.
“Earlier this morning, I spoke with President Rouhani of Iran. I told him that Iran’s admission that its own armed forces unintentionally shot down flight 752 is an important step towards providing answers for families but I noted that many more steps must be taken. A full and complete investigation must be conducted. We need full clarity on how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred. Families are seeking justice and accountability and they deserve closure. I reiterated to President Rouhani that it is absolutely necessary that Canada participate in this investigation,” Trudeau said in a press briefing on Saturday.
Trudeau also noted that President Rouhani had not only promised his administration’s cooperation but also pledged to deescalate tensions in the Middle East.
The tensions in the region heightened following the United States’ killing of Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani. Iran pledged to revenge the Soleimani’s death and struck various U.S. military bases in Qatar.
The downing of the Ukrainian plane came as a surprise, with Tehran initially denying any involvement.
President Hassan Rouhani later promised Ukraine that those behind the downing of the airliner will be brought to justice
Trudeau said in his briefing that Iran was already processing entry visas to Canadian officials who would help in the investigations.
“Iran must take full responsibility. Canada will not rest until we get the accountability, justice and closure that the families deserve,” Trudeau said.