Saturday, January 11, 2020

German foreign minister: Iran must "deal with terrible catastrophe"

German foreign minister: Iran must "deal with terrible catastrophe"

Heiko Maas in May 2019.
Heiko Maas in May 2019. Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images
Germany’s foreign minister has called on Iran to “deal with this terrible catastrophe” after the general staff of Iran’s armed forces admitted Saturday that Iran had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet on Wednesday, killing 176 people on board. 
“It is important that Iran has been clear about flight PS752. Tehran should take steps to deal with this terrible catastrophe so this cannot happen again,” Heiko Maas said today via Twitter. 
“Our thoughts are with the victims and the bereaved,” he added.
The Foreign Minister’s remarks come ahead of a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday, in which the two leaders are expected to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

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