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Israel to summon Argentinian ambassador over Argentina-Iran probe

English.news.cn   2013-01-29 06:27:23            

JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Foreign Ministry will summon the Argentinian ambassador in Israel for clarifications over Argentina's recent agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

"The Argentinian ambassador in Israel will be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide explanations for his government's latest move," the ministry said in a statement sent to Xinhua Monday evening.

"Israel has received the agreement between Argentina and Iran with astonishment and deep disappointment," it added.

In addition, the ministry said Israeli Ambassador in Buenos Aires Dorit Shavit will request a meeting with Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman on the matter.

On July 18, 1994, 85 people were killed by a bomb at the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. Argentinian prosecutors blamed the bombing on six Iranians who allegedly coordinated the attack under orders from their government.

Iran, which had refused to help Argentina interrogate the suspects, announced Sunday together with Argentina that they agreed to establish a "truth commission" to probe the deadly bombing.

The news was not well received by Israeli officials. "Israel is clearly and understandably concerned by this cooperation," the Israeli foreign ministry said in Monday's statement.

"This agreement raises severe questions: the committee's recommendations are non-mandatory and it provides the country which all evidence points to, namely Iran, with the capacity to delay indefinitely the committee's work. It's doubtful whether this is how justice will be rendered," the statement concluded.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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