OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa pays households $25,000 for every of the 57 Canadian residents and 29 everlasting residents who died when Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet final week.
Trudeau says the cash is meant to cowl the price of funeral preparations or journey, and it’s on high of an earlier dedication to waive charges and pace up processing occasions for visas for these affected by the crash.
“This can be a distinctive and unprecedented scenario, due to the worldwide sanctions positioned on Iran and the difficulties that that imposes on these households,” Trudeau advised a information convention in Ottawa Friday.
“I wish to be clear: we anticipate Iran to compensate these households,” he mentioned, however famous that might take time.
“I’ve met them. They’ll’t wait weeks. They want help now.”
Trudeau mentioned 20 households have requested to carry the stays of family members again to Canada for burial. He mentioned he expects the primary our bodies to be repatriated within the coming days.
If all households apply for the monetary assist, the federal government might pay out greater than $2 million.
Trudeau mentioned that any cash from Iran would go straight to households and never be used to reimburse federal coffers for the interim monetary assist.
In the meantime, Overseas Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was in Oman to satisfy along with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, to speak in regards to the taking pictures down of the Ukraine Worldwide Airways flight PS752, which killed 176 individuals final week.
In line with a readout of the assembly offered by Champagne’s workplace, they talked in regards to the want for “a clear evaluation of the black field knowledge,” that are the flight recorders from the aircraft. The readout says Iran agreed.
The readout says additionally they mentioned the necessity for Iran to offer full entry to officers from Canada and different international locations affected to allow them to “present consular companies, help in making certain sufferer identification meets worldwide requirements and take part in a radical and clear investigation.”
In addition they mentioned how Iran has an obligation to compensate the households of the victims.
A abstract of the assembly on the Iran international ministry web site mentioned that Zarif reiterated his nation’s remorse over the shootdown of the airliner and promised co-operation in the course of the investigation. The abstract mentioned Canada requested the assembly, and that Zarif and Champagne agreed to satisfy once more.
That assembly comes after Canada and representatives from Britain, Sweden, Afghanistan and Ukraine — the 4 different international locations with residents aboard the downed airliner — gathered in London on Thursday.
They got here up with a listing of calls for for Iran, which incorporates urgent that nation to co-operate with the investigation.
The international locations are all asking that Iran punish these accountable and compensate the households of victims.
It has been simply over every week since one — and probably a second — Iranian surface-to-air missile took down the passenger jet minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s worldwide airport.
The Canadian Press has independently confirmed a minimum of 90 victims with ties to Canada, lots of them college students and professors returning after spending the December break visiting relations in Iran.
In a uncommon sermon throughout Friday prayers, Iran’s supreme chief referred to as the downing of the civilian airliner a bitter accident that saddened Iran and made its enemies glad.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mentioned Iran’s worldwide rivals have seized on the crash to query the nation and its armed forces. He additionally attacked the USA for its killing of a high Iranian normal, which was a consider placing Iranian air defences on excessive alert.
— With recordsdata from The Related Press.