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Argentina’s president tweets: U.S. must include AMIA bombing in Iran talks

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October 1, 2013 | 10:07 am

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24. Photo by Justin Lane/Reuters

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24. Photo by Justin Lane/Reuters

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez on Twitter called on the United States to include the issue of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing in any bilateral talks with Iran.

In 31 tweets posted Monday night from the president’s official Twitter account, Fernandez also mentioned the pressure she feels from U.S. Jewish organizations about the AMIA case and complained that the focus of the U.S government in bilateral talks is only on Iran’s nuclear program.

Fernandez does not refer to any Jewish organizations by name.

“Perhaps the AMIA bombing, the case about which every American Jewish organization always asks the Argentine government, was mentioned?” she asks rhetorically on the social networking site.

Fernandez was referring to last week’s phone call between President Obama and the newly elected Iranian leader, Hassan Rouhani.

“Was the AMIA case ever mentioned?” she tweeted to her 2.36 million followers. “Not at all.”

Fernandez criticized the media for its “double standard” about the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Argentina and Iran to jointly investigate the AMIA attack, which killed 85 and wounded 300.

“They say (the agreement) is historic only if the one talking with Iran is the U.S.,” she tweeted.

The president added, “The U.S. and other world powers should include AMIA. We hope we’ll be listened to.”

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