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Trudeau pledges Canadian support to investigation of Iran plane crash

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm PDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with The Canadian Press during a year end interview in West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau says Canada will work with its international partners to investigate the Iran plane crash that killed 176 people

63 Canadians were among those killed in the crash

Trudeau is assuring Canadians their safety and security is the government's 'top priority'

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada will work with its international partners to thoroughly investigate the cause of the plane crash in Iran that killed dozens of Canadians.

Trudeau said in a statement that Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Transport Minister Marc Garneau are reaching out to their international counterparts.

“This morning, I join Canadians across the country who are shocked and saddened to see reports that a plane crash outside of Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians,” Trudeau said.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones in this tragedy. Our government will continue to work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated, and that Canadians’ questions are answered.

“Today, I assure all Canadians that their safety and security is our top priority. We also join with the other countries who are mourning the loss of citizens.”

Garneau took to Twitter to say that Canada would offer technical assistance in the crash investigation.

Later in the day, Trudeau announced he had spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump, where they agreed there is a need for a “thorough investigation.”

“The Prime Minister and the President exchanged views on the situation in Iraq and next steps with respect to Iran,” the statement read.

“The two leaders expressed shared concern for the safety of armed forces and diplomatic personnel serving in the region, and noted the limited impact of the Iranian attack on coalition forces on January 7.”

The two also talked about de-escalating tensions in Iraq and supporting stability.

The report added Trump “expressed his condolences” for those lost in the crash and both leaders agreed to keep in touch and work alongside other international leaders to “promote security and stability in the region.”

Trudeau also spoke with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, where they had a similar conversation.

The Ukrainian passenger plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, Iranian and Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday.

Ukrainian authorities initially said it appeared mechanical failure was to blame, but later walked that back, saying nothing had been ruled out.

It’s since been confirmed that more than two dozen victims were from the Edmonton area.