Monday Jan 28, 201305:48 PM GMT
Iran-Argentina AMIA agreement shocks Israel
File photo shows ruins of AMIA building after 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires.
File photo shows ruins of AMIA building after 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires.
Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:16PM
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Israel's Foreign Ministry says the Zionist regime is “stunned” by Argentina's agreement with Iran to set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the 1994 deadly bombing in Argentina.


“We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Yigal Palmor, said on Monday.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman signed a memorandum of understanding for the two countries to shed light on the 1994 bombing on the AMIA building in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people and wounded 300 others. AMIA stands for Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina or Argentine Israelite Mutual Association.

Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner has 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 Islamic Republic has vehemently and consistently denied any involvement in the terror bombing.

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