Iran considers dual nationals on downed Ukrainian plane

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the country has considered dual nationals aboard a Ukrainian plane that was shot down accidentally this month to be Iranian citizens,

Iran does not recognise dual nationality. Many of the 176 people killed in the disaster were Iranians with dual citizenship. Canada had 57 citizens on board.\

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According to the Ministry’s spokesman Abbas Mousavi, in a news conference, “We have informed Canada that Tehran considers dual nationals who were killed in the plane crash as Iranian citizens … Iran is mourning their deaths”.

As protests erupted in Iran over the plane disaster, the British ambassador in Tehran was briefly detained. Officials said he was at an “illegal” rally, while the envoy said he was attending a vigil for victims. Britain criticized his detention.

“Iran respects all foreign diplomats in Iran as long as they do not violate international laws,” Mousavi said.

 

Zainab Sa’id