TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US’ acts of interference in the Middle East have pushed the status of security in the region to a “dangerous” level.
In a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on Saturday, Rouhani expressed regret at the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that was unintentionally shot down by Iran’s air defense on Wednesday, killing all on board.
“Fruitful investigations have been conducted to find the reasons for this incident, and the complementary examinations are also underway rapidly and carefully until reaching the final result,” Rouhani told Trudeau.
He said Iran has launched efforts since the beginning of the incident to ascertain the facts surrounding the tragic and saddening crash, adding, “By obtaining any other results step by step, we will present them to the world public opinion.”
The Iranian president said he has ordered the necessary technical and legal investigation into the accident.
“Iran welcomes any international cooperation within the framework of international law to shed light on this incident exactly, and will provide all consular facilities to that end, and we are ready for the continuation of talks between the foreign ministers of Iran and Canada.”
Rouhani also expressed Iran’s willingness for the expansion of ties between Tehran and Ottawa in various fields, including efforts for promotion of regional peace and security, and helping to promote the welfare of Iranian nationals residing in Canada and serve the interests of the two nations.
The status of security in the delicate Middle East has reached a “dangerous” point because of the US interference and measures, he said, adding, “Iran has proposed the Hormuz Peace plan to reduce the tensions, and we should all try to restore full stability and security to this region.”
Rouhani denounced the US for fueling insecurity in the region and assassinating popular Iranian commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, stressing that regional security would be ensured only with the partnership of regional countries.
The Canadian leader, for his part, offered his condolences over the deaths of Iranian passengers in the doomed Ukrainian plane, calling for mutual cooperation to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Canada is prepared for any cooperation with Iran in the investigation into the accident, Trudeau said, expressing hope that the two countries could hold more consultations in future over issues contributing to regional security.
He also hailed Iran for consular cooperation with the Canadian citizens, saying his country welcomes the enhancement of interaction and cooperation between the foreign ministers of the two countries on various issues.