Argentine-Iranian talks irk Israel, U.S.

Israel expressed “disappointment” over Argentina’s decision to accept an Iranian invitation to bilateral talks.

Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, who is Jewish, met Sept. 27 with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the AMIA bombing case. The 1994 attack on the Jewish community’s main complex in Buenos Aires killed 85 and wounded hundreds. Iran is accused of directing the bombing, allegedly carried out by the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah.

Following their meeting, Timerman and Salehi issued a joint statement announcing that they would continue negotiations through government officials in Geneva next month.

The United States also expressed its opposition to the meeting.

Jewish leaders of AMIA, relatives of the victims and the leadership of DAIA, the Jewish political umbrella, said that after Sukkot they will meet to clarify the position of the Jewish community with regards to the negotiations between Argentina and Iran. A strong staement against the bilateral approach is expected. — jta