Iran pleased with progress in meeting with Argentina
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has described the meeting with his Argentinian counterpart regarding the AMIA case as “constructive.”
ISNA reports that Salehi told a press conference on Tuesday January 8: “The meeting with Mr. Timerman about progressing on the judicial actions regarding the AMIA case was very constructive.”
He expressed every hope that the current approach will “lead to favourable results.”
On July 18 1994 at the AMIA building, a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, 85 people were killed in an explosion. Argentina suspects Iran of that bombing another one in 1992 at the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.
Salehi met with Hector Timerman, the Argentine Foreign Minister, on January 3. Ramin Mehmanparast, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said the talks were held in an “amicable and constructive atmosphere.”
The Argentinian judiciary has issued arrest warrants for Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the president of Iran at the time, Ali Akbar Velayati, the former Iranian foreign minister, and Ahmad Vahidi, the head of IRGC Qods forces at the time, as well as Mohsen Rezayi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards at the time of the bombing.
Iran denies involvement in the bombings but two years ago it announced that it is willing to cooperate with Argentinian authorities in the case.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry says the truth about the AMIA bombing has “fallen victim to conspiracies and political games” and the Argentinian authorities have been misguided by pointing the finger at Iranian citizens and thus “allowing the true perpetrators of this crime to escape justice.”