“Democracies in our hemisphere cannot be the luxury of looking away”. With those words, the United States government criticized this Friday that Mohsen Rezai, the Iranian accused of the AMIA attack, was present at the resumption of Daniel Ortega, an act that the Argentine government endorsed by sending its ambassador to the country, Daniel Capitanich.
The first Joe Biden administration official to speak out was Brian Nichols, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department. It is, in other words, the head of the United States diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean.
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“At his ‘assumption, Ortega-Murillo was accompanied on stage by Diaz Canel, Nicolas Maduro and Mohsen Rezai, an Iranian implicated in the attack on the AMIA in Argentina. Democracies in our hemisphere cannot afford to look the other way while Ortega-Murillo undermines democracy and regional security”, Nichols stated on his Twitter account.
Mohsen Rezai’s participation in the resumption of Ortega in Nicaragua meant a scandal in Argentina for the fact that the country participated in and endorsed the act of the Sandinista regime with the presence of Daniel Capitanich, Argentine ambassador to the country.
Rezai is Vice President for Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and has Interpol red alert for the terrorist attack on the AMIA. With the scandal produced, the Argentine Foreign Ministry, led by Santiago Cafiero, expressed through a statement “its strongest condemnation of the presence” of the Iranian official.
As reported in the last week, the Argentine presence in the resumption of Ortega -who achieved an electoral victory questioned by the international community, and after imprisoning opponents and proscribing parties-, did not go down well in the White House. The United States is key to the approval of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
The Government had just given another bad signal: with the support of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela, Alberto Fernandez the previous week he won the pro tempore presidency of the CELAC, an organization that excludes the United States and confronts the Organization of American States (OAS).
In this context, the Foreign Minister santiago cafiero will travel to the United States next week to meet with the Secretary of State of the North American country, Antony Blink, in a meeting in which it is expected that the government’s negotiation with the IMF will be discussed.