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article imageIran issues more visas to Canadian team probing plane crash

By Karen Graham     Jan 13, 2020 in World
Iran has issued eight more visas to a team of Canadian officials following a fatal plane crash near Tehran and most members of the group should be in Tehran on Monday, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Sunday.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Champagne said an additional eight visas had been approved by Iran. He also tweeted that three officials from the rapid deployment team had flown to Iran on Saturday to set up a base of operations, according to Reuters.
The other eight officials would be traveling to Iran today. “We expect the (team) to be fully in place to do their important work by Jan 14,” Champagne said.
Two of the eight visas are for members of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. The agency is expected to send a team of investigators specializing in downloading and analyzing aircraft recorder data at a later date, according to Global News. The TSB said it would also be providing an update on its role in the crash investigation at 2 p.m. ET Monday.
All this has come about a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to the New York Times, and demanded a “full and complete” investigation be conducted. Trudeau told Rouhani it was “absolutely necessary” Canada be a part of the investigation and he expects “full cooperation” from Iran.
Trudeau also said that as Iran has taken responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian aircraft, it is “likely that they will be full participants and fully allow a credible, independent, international investigation with all partners involved.”
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