The political tension between the government of Alberto Fernandez and the Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega climbed another step after the controversial presence of the Iranian official Mohsen Rezai, one of those wanted as a participant in the attack on the AMIA, who coincided with the ambassador Daniel Captainich at the resumption of the president, ten days ago.
No trace of the ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Raimundi, a fervent defender of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, the Argentine delegation in the organization expressed last night its “strong rejection” and “repudiation” of the statements and “reckless attitude” of Ortega’s representative in that organization, Arthur McFields, who justified Rezai’s assistance and even affirmed without flinching that “If that person arrives with a good attitude, they will always have open doors”, in open defiance of Interpol’s current arrest warrants for Iran’s deputy minister of economic affairs.
“The Permanent Mission of the Argentine Republic to the Organization of American States expresses its strong rejection of the statements made by the Permanent Representative of Nicaragua, Ambassador Arturo McFields, since they express an incomprehensible disdain for the obligations that weigh on the entire international community for the fight against terrorism through international legal cooperation”, indicated the Argentine mission in the OAS on the social network twitter.
In a unusually harsh tone with the controversial Sandinista regime, Argentina added in its message: “These are the most basic rules of coexistence that cannot be ignored. In this regard, Argentina insists on the need for justice to be done in the context of the case investigating the attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) and once again condemns Mohsen Rezai’s visit to Managua, for constituting an affront to the Argentine justice system and to the victims of the brutal attack that occurred on July 18, 1994 in the city of Buenos Aires”.
qualifies from “reckless” McFields’ attitude, and asks Managua-which has Iran as an ally-to “ensure compliance with the Interpol red notices, of which they are a part, related to the aforementioned terrorist act.”
Yesterday, in an unprecedented turn of its policy in the OAS, Argentina successfully promoted-and the accompaniment of the United States-its condemnation of Rezai’s visit, one day after the foreign minister’s meeting santiago cafiero with the Secretary of State, Antony Blink,
Last week, and once the scandal over Rezai’s presence broke out, and while Capitanich claimed that “he did not see, greet, or know” of Rezai’s presence at the same event, the government demanded “once again the government Iran fully cooperates with the Argentine Justice, allowing the people who have been accused of participating in the attack against the AMIA to be tried by the competent courts”. On that occasion, the foreign minister also expressed his rejection and sent a note to the Nicaraguan ambassador in Buenos Aires expressing his anger.
From the Casa Rosada they did not confirm or deny that the Government had decided to “run” Raimundi from the move, although the former cristinista deputy did not participate in the repudiation of Rezai and Nicaragua, and he did Maria Cecilia Villagra, career diplomat and alternate representative of the Argentine delegation. “It is the first time that Argentina votes well in the OAS during this government,” he ironically told THE NATION Mariano Caucino, former Argentine ambassador to Israel and Costa Rica.
THE NATION tried to communicate so far without success with Raimundi, the ambassador to the OAS.
In relation to the continuity of Capitanich in the Argentine embassy in Nicaragua, the Government denied changes in the short period, although the escalation could lead to a worsening of the relationship, according to diplomatic sources. A link strained in June, with Argentina’s criticism of the imprisonment of opponents in Nicaragua, and recomposed at least partially until a few days ago, when Nicaragua gave the go-ahead for Argentina to assume the presidency of CELAC.
According to the newspaper Confidential of Nicaragua, the first lady Rosario Murillo announced the arrival of Rezai on January 7, three days before the inauguration ceremonyin a public address. “The delegation chaired by the Vice President of Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the brother Mohsen Rezai, who will be arriving in the next few days to accompany this moment of swearing-in of the People President, a large delegationMurillo said.
Consulted by the same media, Capitanich said he did not know that information. “Regarding the alleged monologue of Vice President Murillo that you mention, I did not hear it nor did I receive any comments about it,” the ambassador replied to that medium. “An ambassador must serve his country with total diligence and be highly responsible, among other things, for reporting everything that happens in the place where he has been designated as the representative of the president. Capitanich’s responses are unacceptable,” the former Argentine ambassador to the OAS tweeted. Paula Bertol |.