Last week, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and Britain issued a five-point plan for cooperation with Iran during the investigation, calling for "full and unhindered access" for foreign officials.
President Volodymyr Zelensky met Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami in Kiev after Tehran suggested it would keep the black boxes.
Canada on Sunday repeated its request that Iran quickly hand over the black boxes to France or Ukraine. "We believe that for the Iranian side it will be a sign of readiness for open dialogue and a demonstration that they want a clear, unbiased investigation into this tragedy", the minister said.
Tehran has given mixed signals about whether they would be handed over.
While speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said he hopes the meeting goes further than just political discussions and into "practical problems". "We are trying to explain that according to the agreements, the Convention on International Civil Aviation, it is not simply a right, but an obligation of a country where a catastrophe happened to start an investigation", he added.
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When Iran purchased them from Russian Federation in the mid-2000s, "the capability was such that at the time the US was concerned about the sale", Reuters quoted Duitsman as saying. Investigators from both countries have been invited to take part in the probe. Ottawa and other capitals have called for the black boxes to be sent overseas.
Iranian media quoted Hassan Rezaeifar as saying the country might send the black boxes overseas, adding, "But as of yet, we have made no decision".
The Iranian military announced on the morning of January 11 that the plane had been mistaken for a cruise missile. Rezaeifar informed the outlet that the boxes would be sent to Kiev, where American, French, and Canadian experts could help analyze the information.
Three days later, Iran's armed forces confirmed that the airliner was shot down "unintentionally" by the military, as the plane "was mistaken for a hostile target" near a "sensitive military site of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)".
Iran initially denied hat it fired missiles at the plane but following worldwide pressure it later admitted anti-aircraft fire from the country's Revolutionary Guard had been to blame.