Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanded that Iran provide Canada with “full clarity” on the shootdown near Tehran of a Ukrainian airliner.
Justin Trudeau demanded for ‘full clarity’ of the airline that killed all 176 aboard, including dozens of Canadian citizens.
Trudeau said he made the demand in a call with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani admitted earlier Saturday that the airliner mistakenly shot down by Iranian missiles.
At a press conference, Trudeau said he told Rouhani the admission was an important step but many more steps must be taken.
“A full and complete investigation must be conducted,” he said.
“We need full clarity on how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred.”
“Iran must take full responsibility,” Trudeau said.
The prime minister said he insisted to Rouhani that Canada allowed to participate in the investigation.
Three members of a Canadian rapid deployment team were on their way to Iran and should be on the ground within hours to support families of the Canadian victims, Trudeau said.
Two transportation investigators and 10 consular representatives who will help with the victims’ identification and repatriation will follow as well, he said.
He added that the Iranians were working on granting visas.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 2012, complicating their current contacts.
By Ottawa’s count, 57 Canadian citizens, many of them dual Iranian nationals, aboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight.
The airline crashed January 8 shortly after it took off from Tehran’s airport.
Earlier, Iran says that the Ukrainian passenger plane was ‘unintentionally’ brought down, state news reported.
Iran’s military says that the attack carried out due to “human error”.
It happened after the plane flew near the sensitive site that belonged to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
It was also mentioned in the statement that people who are responsible will be held accountable.
Citing intelligence believed that the plane accidentally crashed.
The leaders of the UK and Canada have asked for a full investigation of the plane crash.
Trudeau said, “This may well have been unintentional,”
“At least 63 Canadians were on board, and a total of 138 passengers on that flight were connecting to Canada-all people who won’t be coming home to their parents, their friends, their colleagues or their family.”