According to the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, the foreign policy adviser to the US government congratulated the country “on its election as President of the United Nations Human Rights Council” while “thanking the opportunity to work with Argentina to support democracy and human rights in the Americas and beyond.
Likewise, he revealed that among the topics on the agenda was the discussion of Argentina’s negotiation with the International Monetary Fund. In this regard, the official “encouraged Argentina to present a solid economic policy framework that returns growth to the country.”
Finally, “he expressed his serious concern” about the visit of the Iranian vice president Mohsen Rezai to the Central American country on the occasion of the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega.
According to the minutes of Tuesday’s meeting, the US official revealed that Rezai “is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for aggravated homicide and damages in connection with the 1994 AMIA bombing, in which 85 people died in Buenos Aires”.
Following that line, Both officials pledged to continue discussing “cooperation in efforts to bring those suspected of complicity in the attack to justice.”
It should be noted that Rezai was present at Ortega’s inauguration ceremony together with the Argentine ambassador Daniel Capitanich. After learning about the presence of the Iranian, the government of Alberto Fernández sent a letter of complaint to the Nicaraguan Embassy.
In the letter, he criticized the defendant’s participation by recalling that he is involved in the worst terrorist attack that Argentina has suffered in its territory. “The Argentine Government deeply regrets learning of the presence in the Republic of Nicaragua of Mr. Rezai, and must remember that an international arrest warrant weighs on the latter,” they said.
“The acts imputed to Mr. Rezai constitute a crime against humanity under customary international law, which is why his presence in the city of Managua, even when in his capacity as Vice President of Economic Affairs of Iran , does not exempt him from responding to the Argentine Justice, which forces us to express our strong claim, “added the Argentine statement.