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Iran cuts economic ties with Argentina to protest arrest of former envoy

Iran announced it was ending economic cooperation with Argentina to protest the arrest by British authorities of its former envoy to Buenos Aires over his alleged links to a 1994 bombing, the official IRNA news agency said. The foreign ministry summoned Argentine charge d’affaires Ernesto Alvarez “to inform him of Iran’s strong protest against the arrest of Iran’s former ambassador to Buenos Aires Hadi Soleimanpur by British police,” IRNA said. The head of American affairs department at the foreign ministry, Mehdi Mohtashemi, “informed Alvarez of Iran’s decision to suspend economic and cultural cooperation with Argentina,” it added. Mohtashemi reiterated Iran’s position that none of its officials were involved in plotting the July 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association building, a Jewish charities center, which killed 85 people. Full Story

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