June 18, 2013
Gov't considers possible Iran cooperation in AMIA case 'positive step forward'
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said that “if what was published in International press is confirmed, it would be an unprecendented and very positive step forward,” regarding Iran’s possible collaboration in the solving the bombing of AMIA jewish community centre in 1994.
Timerman said he is awaiting an official confirmation of his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, in order to announce how Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration would move forward.
The Foreign Minister’s comments come a day after the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that they are willing to cooperate with the Argentine government in the search of those responsible for the terrorist attack against the AMIA building, which killed 85 people in July 18th, 1994.
However, Timerman reiterated Argentina’s stance on the case and said that "the law and the judiciary are the only path that societies and their governments must follow to fight against international terrorism."
“The Argentine Foreign Ministry is awaiting an official statement from its Iranian counterpart. However, it must be said that if the published reports are confirmed, it would mean an unprecedented and very positive step forward from the authorities of the Islam Republic regarding the AMIA case,” the Ministry said in a statement.
The Argentine judiciary believes Iranian citizens were the masterminds of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.