Canada Trudeau criticized for shaking hands with Iranian foreign minister after deadly plane crash
Iran doesn't have expertise to analyze PS752 recorders: Champagne
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Prime Ministeris facing criticism over new photographs showing him shaking hands with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday quickly sparked criticism online given that Iran shot down alast month near Tehran killing all 176 on board, including 57 Canadians. Since then, it has refused to hand over the black boxes recovered from the crash site.
Second plane for Canadians in Wuhan on its way to Asia: foreign minister
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Canada's foreign minister says a second plane has left for Asia to bring a second load of Canadians out of the Chinese city locked down over a viral outbreak. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne made the announcement Sunday in Ethiopia, where he's travelling with Justin Trudeau on the prime minister's Africa tour. He said the passenger list is still being compiled but he expects the charter flight to be just about full when it leaves Wuhan."The plane would be leaving on the 10th of February, bringing back the last group of Canadians who want to be repatriated on the 11th," Champagne said.
Iranian state propaganda platforms posted images of that meeting after the fact.
Trudeau was questioned by reporters on Friday about why he stopped in on the scheduled meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Zarif, and defended the move.
“I made a promise to families in Canada to do everything I could to make sure that they get answers, that we have a full and complete investigation, that we understand exactly what happened," he said.
“I went by to impress upon the foreign minister of Iran how important it is that we work together.”
Foreign Minister and Canadian Prime Minister discussed bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern on the sidelines of on Friday
Trudeau arrives in Kuwait to visit Canadian troops amid regional tensions
KUWAIT CITY — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Kuwait to visit Canadian troops about a month after they were relocated there from Iraq. Canada has two ongoing operations in Iraq with about 500 soldiers but suspended both Jan. 7, days after top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a targeted drone strike by the United States. The relocation began just hours before Iranian missiles were fired at two Iraqi airbases housing American and some coalition soldiers, including Canadians, none of whom were hurt.Trudeau also plans to meet with Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah during his time in Kuwait.
— IRNA News Agency (@IrnaEnglish)
News of the handshake and meeting prompted academics, political critics and human rights activists to question Trudeau's decision.
"Not a good look to see PM Trudeau with smiling FM Zarif of Iran after Canadians killed at the hands of Iranian incompetence and malice on Ukrainian plane- not to mention the innocent Iranian protestors‘ killed,"Bessma Momani, senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and an expert on Canadian relations with Iran.
Kaveh Shahrooz, senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute,that while shaking hands sometimes comes with the job, it should have been avoided in this instance given Iran's killing of the 57 Canadians, which had originally been pegged at 63 when the tragedy first occurred.
"Look, I get that leaders sometimes have to shake hands with unsavoury people," he tweeted. "But Iran just killed 63 Canadians. Maybe the PM could've avoided this particular photo op. Maybe a UNSC seat isn't worth a firesale of every last thing Canadians hold dear."
'Important that we work together': Trudeau defends handshake with Iranian foreign minister months after plane crash
MUNICH — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision Friday to meet with Iran’s foreign minister after he was criticized for greeting Mohammad Javad Zarif with a handshake. A photo of the handshake was immediately posted online by Iranian state propaganda platforms. A photo of the handshake was immediately posted online by Iranian state propaganda platforms.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist with Voice of America's Persian service, said the families of the plane crash victims are "furious."
Families of Ukrainian Airlinesvictims are furious after seeing these pictures because:
1) They don't know what you talked toabout behind closed doors. They're expecting transparency with regards to what was said behind closed doors.
— Masih Alinejad ????️ (@AlinejadMasih)
3) Families are concerned that the case of the Ukrainian Airlinesshot down by Iran will be instrumentalised in political games by both sides and justice will not be served. Focus should be on bringing to justice the culprits. Iranians don’t trust this regime.
— Masih Alinejad ????️ (@AlinejadMasih)
Conservative MP Peter Kent also accused Trudeau in a tweet of "shaking hands with Iran's chief propagandist and cheerleader for [the] regime's terrorist agenda."
Iranian minister to appear at Canadian hosted meeting of Tehran crash victims
MUNICH — 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.
Canada and Iran do not have formal diplomatic relations — the former Conservative government shuttered the embassy and cut off ties in 2012.
The Liberal government initially promised to reopen that embassy but has not done so.
But the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by Iran last month has forced rare direct communication between top Canadian officials and their Iranian counterparts as Canada and other countries that lost citizens in the crash attempt to push for accountability.
Those efforts have included calls for Iran to hand over the two flight recorders recovered from the site of the crash so that they can be decoded and analyzed.
Iran has refused to do so.
Champagne tweeted a readout of the meeting, which said he used the meeting to stress the need for Iran to send the black boxes to France for analysis and agree to compensate the families of victims.
He said countries have been "speaking with one voice" in urging Iran to hand over the recordings.
Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests .
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