The President of Liberia Dr. George Manneh Weah has sent a message of Condolence to the Government and People of Canada on the death of at least sixty three (63) Canadian citizens who died following the crash of a passenger Jet near Tehran, on Wednesday January 8, 2020.
In the message to his Canadian counterpart His Excellency Mr. Justine Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, President Weah expressed shock with great sadness of the news and noted that as the people of Canada go through this difficult period of grief, the Government and People of Liberia extends heartfelt condolence to the Government and people of Canada, especially the bereaved families for the tragic loss sustained.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Weah prayed that the Almighty God will grant consolation as Canada endures this difficult period of mourning.
The Liberian leader also extended fervent prayer that Prime Minister Justine Trudeau will enjoy sound health, longevity and wisdom, as he provides leadership for the peace and unity of Canada.
BACGROUND OF CRASH :
Iran has admitted “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board.
An investigation found that “missiles fired due to human error”, President Hassan Rouhani said. He described the crash as an “unforgivable mistake”.
The military said the jet turned towards a sensitive site belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and was then mistaken for a cruise missile.
Iran had previously rejected suggestions that it was to blame.
The downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on Wednesday came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.
The strikes were a response to the killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Liberia are good, but limited. The two countries maintain a dialogue through multilateral forums. Diplomatic relations with Liberia were established in 1971.
Canada in Liberia
Canada has covered the country through the Embassy of Canada to Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan since 1971. Liberian affairs in Canada have been managed since 1971 through the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia to the United States in Washington.
Trade and investments
Trade relations between Canada and Liberia are modest. In 2017, bilateral trade in goods rose to over $40 million, composed of nearly $4.2 million in exports to Liberia and more than $35.8 million in imports from Liberia. Top Canadian exports to Liberia include base metal product; machinery; vehicles and parts; and textiles. Liberia continues to have a challenging business environment, characterized by low human capital, poor physical infrastructure, and limited access to financial services. The registration of property and land titles also remains an issue, making it difficult for investors to access credit.
Development and humanitarian assistance
Canada does not have a bilateral development assistance program in Liberia. Development assistance is instead done through international organizations and NGOs. In 2016-2017 Canada provided $10.80 million, mainly to programs and initiatives in the health and education sectors. Canada provided $1 million in 2016-2017 to UNDP to support the 2015-2018 Liberian Electoral Cycle and the presidential elections of 2018.