In a new TV statement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Monday January 13th, he highlighted how the victims of the Ukrainian jet downed by Iran would still be alive if regional tensions that took place recently had not happened, AFP reported citing a transcript of an interview with Global News TV.
"I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families," Trudeau said in the TV interview.
The plane was shot down hours after Iran had launched a missile attack on Iraqi bases housing US troops on January 8th, in response to the US killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3rd in a drone strike at Baghdad International airport.
All 176 passengers aboard were killed in the crash, including 57 Canadians.
Furthermore, he added that Canada did not receive prior notification from the US before killing Soleimani, and that he "obviously" would have preferred to have been informed beforehand.
"The US makes its determinations. We attempt to work as an international community on big issues. But sometimes countries take actions without informing their allies," he said.
He also added that the government is keen to bring the bodies home for burial but that will take weeks or “perhaps even months”.
On Monday, Canada stated that Iran had stated that Canadian investigators would take an active role in the probe of the crash, for which Iran has taken responsibility in the past few days stating that it had fired a missile in a "disastrous mistake".