Canada to Host International Meeting in Britain on How to Secure Justice for Families of Iran Plane Downing Victims

Canada is set to host an international meeting in London this week to discuss the Iran plane downing that left 176 people, including dozens of Canadians, dead last week.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne is expected to travel to London to convene the meeting, which will see officials from Britain, Ukraine, Sweden and Afghanistan in attendance.

At the center of discussions will be how countries can work together to "secure full cooperation from Iranian authorities to achieve closure, accountability, transparency and justice—including compensation" for the families and loved ones of the victims of the deadly crash.

On Saturday, Iran admitted that its military had been responsible for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after its departure from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on Tuesday.

The country had been at its "highest level of readiness" after launching a missile attack on bases in Iraq in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. The Ukrainian jetliner had been mistaken for a potential threat and was taken down, killing all of the 176 passengers and crew members on board.

The country's admission came following the revelation, first reported by Newsweek, that U.S. intelligence believed a likely mistake by Iran's armed forces caused the downing of the jet

The Ukrainian flight that crashed just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran was struck by an anti-aircraft missile system, a Pentagon official, a senior U.S. intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official told Newsweek. None of the officials was authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

In a statement, Champagne said member countries of the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight PS752 would stand together to demand full cooperation and accountability from Iranian authorities.

"The member countries of the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight PS752 stand united in this tragedy," he said. "Together, we will continue to expect and demand full cooperation and accountability from Iranian authorities. Our priority remains ensuring support of the families and loved ones of the victims."

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A woman reacts lays flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Boryspil airport outside Kyiv, on January 11, 2020, as she pays tribute for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 that Iran has admitted it shot down. Canada has demanded Iran take 'full' responsibility for the incident. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government have repeatedly demanded that Iran take full responsibility for the incident.

On Monday, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino reiterated that sentiment, asserting in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Current that the Trudeau government was doing everything it could to hold Iran accountable.

Compensation for the families of victims of the plane crash, Mendicino said, was a key priority for Canada, with the country committed to continuing to "engage Iran" on the issue.

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