TEHRAN, January 7 (Xinhua) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the country is ready to hold bilateral talks with each of the related countries on issues related to the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran 2020.
The ministry expressed its condolences to the families of the victims in a statement, saying that Iran’s readiness comes despite “illegal actions by some states seeking political benefits” by exploiting the plight and grief of the families of the victims, according to the ministry’s website.
It added that all talks should be based on goodwill, respect for countries’ sovereignty, domestic laws and international obligations.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry noted that after the tragic event, all the country’s related organizations announced the main cause of the accident and fulfilled their obligations under domestic law and international commitments “accurately, openly and expeditiously”.
The announcement came in response to a joint statement on Thursday on damages from Canada, Britain, Sweden and Ukraine, whose citizens were killed in the incident.
The four countries said on Thursday that they had abandoned efforts to talk to Tehran about compensation for the crashed plane and that they would try to resolve the issue under international law.
Ukraine’s passenger plane was shot down by Iranian missiles on January 8, 2020, shortly after taking off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board. Iran said its forces “accidentally” shot down the plane.
Friday marked the second martyrdom of victims of the tragic incident at a ceremony at Behesht Zahra Cemetery in Tehran.
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