News ID: 275756
Published: 0235 GMT October 20, 2020

Iran says has never sought to hide details of Ukrainian plane crash

Iran says has never sought to hide details of Ukrainian plane crash

Iran says it has never sought to hide the details of a Ukrainian plane crash and deny the rights of the families of the victims.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand assured the families of the victims that the Foreign Ministry will use all its capacities to pursue their rights, according to IRNA. 

Baharvand made the remarks in a meeting with the families of the victims of the plane incident in Tehran.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of new round of talks with a Ukrainian delegation which has traveled to Tehran to discuss issues surrounding the tragic incident happened on January 8.

Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport. All 176 aboard were killed. The majority of the victims were Iranian or Canadian, and many were dual nationals.

Despite attributing the crash to technical failure in initial assessments, Iran ultimately said that the plane had been brought down by a missile fired “unintentionally” due to “human error” after further investigations.

Iran called it a “disastrous mistake” that happened at a time when air defense forces were on high alert in case the US retaliated against Iranian missile strikes hours earlier on American military bases stationed in Iraq.

Those strikes were carried out in response to the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.

On Monday, Iranian and Ukrainian officials held second round of talks over issues related to the plane crash. The talks would continue until Wednesday.

The first round of negotiations were held in Kiev in July, with the Ukrainian authorities saying they were optimistic about the process.

Mohsen Baharvand and his Ukrainian counterpart Yevgheniy Yenin co-chaired the Monday’s meeting.

Baharvand expressed sympathy with the families of victims of the plane crash, saying, “The Ukrainian plane was shot due to human error, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will try to assure the Ukrainian side of this as well,” Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s stance is based upon transparency, as it has nothing to hide about this incident and is ready to genuinely inform the Ukrainian people and delegation about details of the incident,” Baharvand stated.

For his part, Yenin hailed as positive the first round of negotiations in Kiev and praised Iran for its cooperation and efforts to ensure justice.

After the meeting, the Ukrainian official held a separate meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian foreign minister said cooperation among all the involved parties is key to the success of ongoing talks over the unintentional shooting down of the Ukrainian plane.

Zarif expressed hope that the negotiations for the settlement of the case would reach a desirable result through cooperation and coordination between Tehran and Kiev.



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