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FILE – Mohsen Rezaei greets journalists after registering as a presidential candidate, in Tehran, Iran, on May 10, 2013. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday January 11, 2022 that Rezaei’s appearance at the The inauguration of the President of Nicaragua on Monday was “an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack“. Rezaei, a former leader of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, is wanted by Argentina on an Interpol “red notice” alleging that he was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires which left 85 dead. (AP Photo / Vahid Salemi, file)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – The presence of a senior Iranian official at the inauguration of the Nicaraguan president has angered Argentina, who alleges that the official was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires which left 85 dead.

Argentina’s foreign ministry on Tuesday said the appearance of Mohsen Rezaei, Iranian vice president for economic affairs, at the Nicaraguan ceremony on Monday was “an affront to Argentine justice and the victims of the brutal terrorist attack” in the capital. Argentina.

Rezaei, a former leader of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, is wanted by Argentina on an Interpol “red notice” because of the attack. He and the Iranian government deny orchestrating it.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was sworn in for a fourth consecutive term following elections deemed rigged and on a day marked by US and EU sanctions against members of his government.

Iran is also subject to US sanctions over its nuclear program and other issues.

The Argentine government has been criticized by the country’s opposition because Argentina’s ambassador Daniel Capitanich attended the inauguration of a president who was said to have flouted human rights – and, moreover, for attending the same event with Rezaei.

The Argentine government was not only “a partner of dictators and human rights violators in our region”, but also “accomplice” of an alleged organizer of the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, said Fulvio Pompeo, opposition secretary for international relations. PRO night.

Rezaei is among several Iranians wanted by Argentina in the bombing. Argentine prosecutors allege that senior Iranian officials instructed Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah to execute him.

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