Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega held a meeting in Managua with Iran’s Vice President for Economic Affairs, Mohsen Rezai, in the midst of the controversy with Argentina that condemned the presence of the Iranian official – one of those accused of masterminding the attack. to the AMIA – in the fifth inauguration and fourth consecutive of the former Sandinista guerrilla as ruler.
In a note published by the government newspaper El 19 Digital, the Executive reported that Ortega and his wife, “comrade Rosario Murillo, Vice President of Nicaragua, held a meeting with the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which attended on January 10 to the swearing-in of the president people”.
The media did not report the date of the meeting, nor the issues addressed, however the day before, the first lady also stated that Nicaragua and Iran were discussing a cooperation agreement.
In a series of photographs published together with the report, Ortega appears with Rezai, one of those charged by the Argentine Justice for the 1994 attack against the Jewish Mutual Association Israelite Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, which left 85 dead and remains unpunished. .
One day after Ortega’s inauguration, Argentina issued its “strongest condemnation” for Rezai’s presence in Managua, and questioned why Interpol did not detain him in Nicaragua, despite the fact that he is under a red detention alert.
Argentina had already repudiated, last August, the appointment of Rezai to a position in the Iranian Executive, which it described as an “affront” against justice and the victims “of the brutal terrorist attack” against the AMIA.
“We are together on this path. We are willing to collaborate and cooperate so that we can defeat US imperialism, and that is our duty as brothers, our obligation as brothers, to come and cooperate together, we consider it our obligation to be here with you,” said Rezai, who led the Iranian delegation.
The ambassador’s situation
Meanwhile, the Argentine ambassador in Nicaragua, Daniel Capitanich, was under the storm for participating in the act where the Iranian official, a fugitive from the Justice of our country, was.
In any case, as it transpired, from the Government they assure that “there are no reasons” to remove him from his position, because he already gave “the corresponding explanations”.
“He will continue in office, the President did not speak about the issue and he gave the corresponding explanations,” stressed sources close to Alberto Fernández and Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero, according to the website of the newspaper La Nación.
A day earlier, the Minister of Security, Aníbal Fernández, described what happened in Nicaragua as “terrifying.”
“It was difficult to foresee that this situation was going to happen (…) The ambassador did not know that he was there, he did not know the face of this person, he was not in the same room, he did not know that he had been invited and he found out the next day, for the publication of some newspapers”, assured yesterday in her usual press conference the Government spokesperson
Capitanich – brother of Jorge, governor of Chaco – had been corrected by the Foreign Ministry last week, after he said that Argentina would send “a delegation” to the resumption of Ortega.