New hope for Ar­gentina’s Iran poli­cies

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ADAM FE­IN­STEIN

THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT this week by Ar­gentina’s new pres­i­dent-elect, Mauri­cio Macri, that one of his first moves would be to seek to re­peal the con­tro­ver­sial Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Iran, has been met with praise from Jewish groups.

The pact, signed by the Ar­gen­tinian and Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ters in Ad­dis Ababa in 2013, com­mit­ted both coun­tries to jointly in­ves­ti­gate the 1994 bomb­ing of the Amia Jewish cen­tre in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 peo­ple and wounded more than 300.

The Ar­gen­tinian au­thor­i­ties have since ac­cused eight Ira­ni­ans of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Amia at­tack — in­clud­ing the for­mer pres­i­dent, Ali Raf­san­jani — and have de­manded their ex­tra­di­tion.

Julio Schlosser, pres­i­dent of DAIA, the um­brella group of Ar­gen­tinian Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions, said Mr Macri’s an­nounce­ment “un­doubt­edly gen­er­ates an air of tran­quil­lity”.

Jack Ter­pins, pres­i­dent of the Latin Amer­i­can Jewish Congress, de­scribed Mr Macri’s com­ments as “hugely sig­nif­i­cant for the Jewish com­mu­nity”.

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