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Argentina ‘irritated’ with Israel’s attitude towards accord with Iran to investigate 1994 bombing

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:47 UTC
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“This is a sovereign act that doest not include the state of Israel”, said Timerman “This is a sovereign act that doest not include the state of Israel”, said Timerman

Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman summoned on Wednesday Israeli ambassador to Argentina Dorit Shavit, and expressed the “surprise and irritation” of President Cristina Fernandez government after learning that Tel Aviv had demanded an explanation from Argentine ambassador to Israel with regards to the recent agreement between Argentina and Iran.

According to official ministry sources, Timerman “expressed the surprise and irritation” caused by the Israeli government’s decision to summon ambassador Carlos García to provide explanations regarding the memorandum of mutual understanding signed by Argentina to move forward in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing.

“This is a sovereign act that doest not include the state of Israel,” the ministry announced in a written statement.

Timerman summoned the Israeli ambassador and met with her at the ministry’s offices.

Earlier in the day Minister Timerman had to come out strongly assuring that “no third party intervened in the ‘memorandum of understanding’ signed by Iran and Argentina which enables the latter to question Iranian citizens linked to the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre.”

“The accord was the result of the dialogue between myself and Iran’s Foreign Minister. Syria, Venezuela, Israel and the United States had nothing to do with it” Timerman told several media.

Finally Timerman harshly criticized those members of the opposition who bashed the accord by saying that “They are sent to put bumps in the government’s road. That’s all they do as they never seem to have or come up with proposals”.

The ‘memorandum of understanding’ that includes the creation of a ‘truth commission’ and needs legislative approval in Argentina and Iran, has triggered much controversy for the Cristina Fernandez administration not only from Israel but also from the local Jewish organizations.

Argentina has the largest Jewish community in South America.

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  • LEPRecon

    I wonder if Israel will revoke Timmidman's Israeli citizenship over this?

    That means that he'll have nowhere to run when the angry mob arrives to demand justice.

    Or maybe they won't. They'll just wait for him to show up, then arrest him for treason against Israel.

    Whichever way it goes down, it won't be pretty.

    Yup, CFK and Timmidman really know how to p!ss off people who were supposed to be their allies.

    Now that Argentina is in bed with Iran, they'll be put on Israel's enemy list. Not a place that most countries (especially those with very little international support) would opt for.

    Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:22 am 0
  • Frank

    If Titmann had been in Europe 70 years ago he would have been in the 'meet and greet' team at the gates of Auschwitz.

    He is an unprincipled twat

    Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:42 am 0
  • Welsh Wizard

    it does make doing business with the argentinean government difficult as doing business with IRan instantly makes you at risk of giving pass-through payments which could violate sanctions laws. This could impact any future investment in government organistaions such as YPF...

    Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:49 am 0
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