Argentina will soon propose an agenda for talks with Iran regarding the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, according to an AFP report.
Argentina seeks the extradition of eight suspects in the attack, including Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
“In the coming weeks, our country will present an action plan that will be discussed at the next meeting to be held in January,” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told reporters at the presidential palace on Saturday.
Officials from both countries met in Geneva in October for preliminary discussions.
Eighty-five people were killed and some 300 injured in the July 18, 1994 bombing of the AMIA building, the Jewish community’s main complex in Argentina’s capital. Iran is accused of planning the bombing, which was carried out by the Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah.
Timerman, who is Jewish, met in September with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The ministers resolved at the meeting to step up diplomatic contacts between the two countries.
In October 2010, Iran rejected Argentina’s proposal to put the accused suspects on trial in a neutral country. But the Islamic Republic announced in July 2011 its willingness to cooperate with Argentina’s investigation into the bombing. At the time, it’s foreign ministry condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of those killed while denying any responsibility for the blast.
JTA contributed to this report.
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