File photo shows bombed AMIA building in Buenos Aires.
Iran and Argentina have reached an agreement to define a framework for following up on a 1994 bombing attack in Argentina which killed 85 people.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman signed a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
“Both countries are determined to find the truth in this case through judicial cooperation, and with the help of other independent lawyers, whom will be designated by both…countries,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
AMIA stands for Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina or Argentine Israelite Mutual Association.
Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner welcomed the agreement reached between the two countries.
“It’s historic. Nearly 19 years after the attack on AMIA, a legal instrument is for the first time being established between Argentina and Iran,” she was quoted as saying.
Under intense political pressure imposed by the US and Israel, Argentina formally accused Iran of having carried out the 1994 bombing attack on the AMIA. The attack on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and wounded 300 others.
The Islamic Republic has vehemently and consistently denied any involvement in the terror bombing.
Argentinean newspaper Buenos Aires Herald reported on Sunday that Salehi and Timerman agreed on establishing a fact-finding committee to “examine all documentation submitted by the judicial authorities of Argentina and of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The agreement “will be forwarded to the relevant bodies of each country, whether Congress, parliament or other bodies, for ratification or approval in accordance with their laws,” the paper said.