Minister Champagne met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Muscat, Oman, today.
In the course of a lengthy meeting, the two discussed the Flight PS752 tragedy, for which Iran has admitted responsibility.
Minister Zarif conveyed his profound regret for this terrible tragedy and Minister Champagne noted that he had met with families of victims this week who are deeply hurt and angry.
Minister Champagne provided an update on the talks the International Coordination and Response Group for the victims of PS752 held yesterday at Canada House in London.
The Ministers discussed the necessity of full access to Iran for officials from Canada and other grieving nations to: provide consular services, assist in ensuring victim identification meets international standards and participate in a thorough and transparent investigation. The Ministers also discussed the need for a transparent analysis of the black box data, to which Iran agreed. In addition, they discussed the duty Iran has towards the families of the victims – including compensation.
Minister Zarif expressed his support for Iran continuing to work with Canada and all grieving nations in these respects. Minister Champagne noted Iran’s cooperation so far and expressed his hope that this would continue.
The two committed to continue discussions as the situation evolves to ensure justice for the families of the victims.
Deputy Director of communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs