Iran’s newly inaugurated president, Ebrahim Raisi, appointed General Ahmad Vahidi, who is accused of participating in the 1994 attack on the Amia Jewish association in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as interior minister.
The Argentine government said on Wednesday that it “repudiates” Iran’s decision. In a statement, the Argentine Foreign Ministry stressed that, as in August 2009, when Vahidi took over as defense minister, the new appointment it was “received with great concern and deserves the strongest condemnation”.
For the government of President Alberto Fernández, the choice of Vahidi to head yet another Ministry in Iran represents an “affront” to Argentine justice and the victims of the “brutal terrorist attack” committed on July 18, 1994 against the headquarters of the Associação Mutual Israelita Argentina (Amia) and which killed 85 people.
“Argentina once again expresses its most vehement condemnation of the appointment of Ahmad Vahidi to a ministerial post in Iran,” the statement said.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry recalled that Vahidi is wanted by the South American country’s courts for his “fundamental role in decision-making and planning the attack on Amia” and that he is the target of an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol.
The Argentine government said it “requires once again” that Iran cooperate “fully” with the South American country’s justice system, “allowing those accused of participating in the attack on Amia to be tried by the competent courts.”
Israel has also repudiated Vahidi’s appointment as Iran’s interior minister, noting that the general is “a wanted criminal by Interpol.”
“The international community must condemn this shameful appointment,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“This is the face of Iran’s new terrorist government: President Raisi, the ‘butcher of Tehran’, is responsible for the murder of thousands of Iranians and his ministers are responsible for murdering people around the world.” said a spokesman of the Israeli Chancellery.
Amia also issued a statement on Wednesday in which it “condemns and vehemently repudiates” Vahidi’s appointment. “The appointment made by the newly elected president of Iran is inadmissible and, as expressed today by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represents an affront to Argentine justice and the victims of the brutal terrorist attack,” the organization said.
Amia recalled that at the time of the attack, Vahidi was head of the Quds Force, the paramilitary arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The association also stated that, for the Argentine justice, the “intellectual and material responsibility” for the attack on its headquarters by Iranian “citizens and officials” and the terrorist group Hezbollah was proven.
“To see accused of having participated in a crime against humanity, in which 85 people were killed and more than 300 injured, continue to enjoy impunity and, in addition, to be rewarded with high political positions in their country is painfully unacceptable,” he said. the organization.