Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a telephone conversation during which the two leaders agreed on the need to reduce the scale in the region.
Tuesday night’s call came days after Iran admitted to having mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian commercial plane, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians, saying that the air defenses were fired in error while on alert after of the attacks on US targets in Iraq.
Wednesday’s accident occurred only a few hours after Iran fired missiles at two Iraqi bases that house US troops in retaliation for the assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, had previously threatened to attack 52 targets within Iran if Tehran attacked US citizens or assets after the murder of Soleimani, and Iran has said that the United States is partly to blame for the involuntary demolition of the airplane in the midst of rising tensions.
During his telephone conversation, Sheikh Tamim offered his condolences to Trudeau and expressed the need for a credible and transparent investigation into the incident, adding that it was important to respond to the needs and wishes of the victims’ families.
The two leaders discussed more ways to stabilize the region, as well as bilateral relations and possible ways to improve them.
Trudeau, who has been careful not to blame the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for the death of Canadians aboard the plane bound for Kiev, said the plane crash would never have taken place if tensions in the region did not They would have increased.
“If there was not a recent escalation in the region, those Canadians would now be home with their families,” Trudeau told Canadian news station Global News on Monday.
“This is something that happens when you have a conflict and war. The innocent are the most affected.”