Miguel Diaz-Canel met this Wednesday with the Vice President of Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohsen Rezai, as part of the Iranian official’s tour of America Latina. The tour public of Rezai began last Monday, when he participated in the inauguration of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, despite the fact that an international arrest order with a red alert of Interpol.
The meeting between the Cuban dictator and the Ayatollah official There Khamenei and former head of the guard Revolutionary Islamic -organism declared a terrorist group- was publicized by the Chancellery of The Havana. “The President of Cuba, Díaz-Canel, held today, in the context of the presidential inauguration in Nicaragua, a cordial meeting with the vice president for economic affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohsen Rezaei“Said the brief statement.
Rezai is one of the Iranians on whom an international arrest warrant weighs on the part of the Argentine justice, considered one of the masterminds of the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 85 people on July 18, 1994 in the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA), en Buenos Aires.
In 2006, a federal court ruled that the former head of the guard Revolutionary he had participated in the worst attack in Argentine history. However, since then, Interpol He did not activate his springs to be able to stop him in the various countries to which he attends and is freely shown. On this occasion, he was happy to spend more than two days in Managua to participate in the fifth enthronement of Ortega and bilateral meetings, such as the one he held with Diaz-Canel.
Hours after knowing his presence in the Nicaraguan inaugural act and the criticism it provoked in the Argentine public opinion, the government of Alberto Fernandez issued a statement showing their dissatisfaction with the invitation made to Rezai. The Argentine Ambassador Daniel Capitanich He did not make the complaint to Interpol and remained at the ceremony on behalf of the national state.
“Argentina reiterates, as it did last August before the appointment of Rezai as Vice President of Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that His presence in Managua constitutes an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack. against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), committed on July 18, 1994 ″, says an official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thanks to the fluid relations between Argentina Y Cuba, some hope that due to the recent summit held between Diaz-Canel Y Rezai, the government of Fernandez it will maintain the same indignation as days ago and will issue a harsh statement repudiating the little collaboration between the two Latin American nations. Others, however, are less optimistic and speculate that the principle of non-interference will prevail.
Rezai, the little wanted
Rezai served since 1997 as secretary of the Council of Discernment of the High Interests of the Regime. But before He was one of the leaders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard for 16 years, a period that included both the attack on the AMIA and the Israeli Embassy, in 1992. He was implicated in this attack – in which 22 people died and 242 were injured – by his own son, Ahmad, who in 1998 defected to the United States and requested political asylum.
The former head of the Revolutionary Guard is an economist graduated from the University of Tehran who sIt has always been characterized by its extremist positions.
In February 2020, Rezai he claimed on a Lebanese television channel that the Iranian government was looking for a pretext to “bulldoze Tel Aviv to the ground.”
“We would surely bulldoze Tel Aviv to the ground. We have been looking for that pretext. If the United States does something, we can use it as a pretext to attack Israel”He told the al-Mayadeen channel, linked to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.
According to Rezai, at that time Iran was looking for an excuse to attack Israel because it denounced that it had participated – providing intelligence data – of the death of General Qassem Soleimani. The convoy heading for Baghdad had been bombed by a US drone a month earlier.
“It was the Israelis who reported on the trip of the martyr Soleimani from Damascus to Baghdad. We were waiting for the Americans to give us a pretext to attack Tel Aviv, just as we attacked Ain al-Asad, and Iraq, “he continued.