Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bilateral Relations: Iran hopes talks with Argentina would help resolve AMIA issue

Source: IRNA

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Wednesday expressed the hope that talks between Iran and Argentina would help resolve the issue of AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA).

Speaking to reporters, he expressed the hope that result of talks between the two sides' officials in Zurich would bear tangible results.

Iran believes in negotiations and hopes that the issue would be resolved through judicial channels, he said.

In 1994 a bomb explosion hit a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and the then government under the influence of the Zionists' lobby blamed Iran for the attack.

The two sides' officials have met four times to resolve the issue.

Salehi conferred with the Argentine foreign minister in Zurich, Switzerland on January 3, 2013 to review outcomes of talks between the two sides' expert delegations.

The Argentine foreign ministry issued a statement about the two foreign ministers consultations held in Zurich on January 3 terming constructive, adding that they agreed to follow up the case through mutual talks.

On talks with G5+1, he said the two sides had held very useful talks on new Modality Plan proposed by Iran on December 13 in Tehran.

The key point is that in new rounds of talks, Iran's legitimate rights should be preserved and respected, he said.

Negotiating with G5+1 is totally different from talks with IAEA as the latter is merely technical and legal, Mehmanparast told reporters.