Iranian and Canadian foreign ministers meet in Muscat


On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met his Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champaign in the Omani capital, Muscat.

This came in a statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, in which it said that Zarif discussed with Champaign, issues related to the downing of the Ukrainian plane.

He added that Zarif expressed to his Canadian counterpart his deep regret over the accident.

He affirmed that the two sides exchanged views on issues of technical, consular and legal cooperation between Iran and the countries that lost their citizens in the plane crash.

He explained that Zarif and Champaign decided to maintain contact between the teams of experts in the foreign ministries of the two countries, and to arrange a new meeting between the two ministers at an appropriate time.

The statement indicated that the meeting took place in Muscat, upon Zarif’s return from India, in response to the request of the Canadian side.

And last Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary announced the arrest of several individuals for their involvement in the Ukrainian plane crash.

And Saturday, the General Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane, after a “human error”, the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

While the Revolutionary Guards announced, on the authority of the commander of his underground forces, that he is responsible for shooting down the plane.

On January 8, a Ukrainian “Boeing 737” airliner crashed in Tehran several minutes after take off, killing 176 people, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.


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