Iranian minister to appear at meeting about plane crash hosted by Canada

Iran‘s foreign minister is to make a brief appearance today at a meeting hosted in Germany by Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne with counterparts from countries that lost citizens the Ukrainian jetliner crash near Tehran last month.

Canada and its allies are pushing Iran to release the black boxes from the crash so their data can be properly analysed by facilities in France.

Champagne says the decision to invite Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif to the gathering was made after consulting his fellow foreign ministers from Britain, Sweden, Afghanistan and Ukraine, all of whom are attending the Munich Security Conference.

Those countries all lost citizens five weeks ago when Iran’s military shot two missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

Champagne says the ministers want to hear an update from Iran on requests to allow access to the black boxes, as well as the latest developments on the investigation and compensation for the families of the victims.

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