Special workgroup formed for plane victims' consular affairs: Iranian FM spox
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said a special working group has been established to deal with the consular affairs of those killed in a plane crash near Tehran on Wednesday.
The spokesman expressed commiserations with the families of the victims of the horrific accident, saying the working group has been set up in the ministry's Department for the Parliament and Iranians to immediately handle consular affairs of the dead in the incident and deal with the requests of the victims' families, as reported by Mehr News Agency.
According to Mousavi, all the political and consular missions have been ordered to carefully deal with the requests of the families.
He added that the Foreign Ministry considers itself partner to the sorrows of those affected by the accident, hoping that the small services will relieve an iota of the impacts of the great affliction.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv-bound UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, January 8. It was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members on board. Two passengers and the crew members were Ukrainians. There were also 82 citizens of Iran, 63 citizens of Canada, 10 citizens of Sweden, four citizens of Afghanistan, three citizens of Germany and the United Kingdom each. There were no survivors.
On January 11, Iran admitted that it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner that it mistook for a threat during hostilities with the U.S., marking a dramatic reversal after insisting that the deadly crash was caused by mechanical failure.