Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a memorial service at the University of Alberta for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane crashing in Iran, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on January 12, 2020. REUTERS / Candace Elliott
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that victims of a Ukrainian plane shot down in Iran were still alive if recent escalation of tension in the region had not occurred, according to transcripts. of an interview with Global TV News.
The US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad during an unmanned aerial attack on January 3 prompted Iran to launch a missile strike on Iraqi army bases on January 8, hours before the passenger plane was shot down. All 176 people aboard were killed, including 57 Canadians.
I think without stress, if there has been no recent escalation in the area, those Canadians will be right now with their families, Mitch Trudeau said in the interview.
Trudeau said that Canada didn't get a head-lift before the United States killed Soleimani, and it was clear he would like someone.
The United States made its decision. We strive to work as an international community on major issues. But sometimes states take action without informing their allies, he said.
Trudeau said that while the government is working as quickly as possible to bring the bodies home for burial, it could potentially take weeks or perhaps even months.
Canada said on …
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