Brian Nichols, Under Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US Department of State, urged Thursday on Twitter to pay attention to alliances between authoritarian regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean and the danger they represent.
“The hemisphere cannot look the other way while Ortega-Murillo undermine regional democracy and security,” the official said, alluding to a meeting between dictators Miguel Díaz-Canel, Nicolás Maduro and Daniel Ortega, presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, respectively; which took place on the occasion of a new act of taking possession of power by the Nicaraguan.
The three politicians also met with Mohsen Rezaei, Vice President of Economic Affairs of Iran, and one of the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 terrorist attack against the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in which 85 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured. In a photograph, the four appear smiling placidly.
This, as expected, generated indignation in the Argentine government. A statement from his Foreign Ministry warned that “he deeply regrets learning of the presence in the Republic of Nicaragua of Mr. Rezai, and must remember that an international arrest warrant issued by the Argentine Justice weighs on the latter, while he is charged in framework of the case that investigates the worst terrorist attack that the Argentine Republic has suffered in its territory”.
“The government of the Argentine Republic is fully committed to doing justice for the victims. In this sense, our country will not cease in its objective of ensuring that all the people involved in said attack appear before the Argentine courts, in order to be interrogated and, eventually, sentenced, “said the note.
Later, he added: “the facts that Mr. Rezai is accused of constitute a crime against humanity under customary international law, which is why his presence in the city of Managua, even when it is in his capacity as Vice President of Iran’s Economic Affairs, does not exempt him from responding to the Argentine Justice, which forces us to express our strong claim.
Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Nicaragua this Monday to celebrate with his ally Ortega his permanence in power for a new term, after “winning” in elections with high levels of abstentionism and in which he had no opposition to match him, because he was in charge of placing his rivals Behind bars. “We are very happy to arrive on Nicaraguan land, a sister land, a friendly country, a people we know,” said the Cuban president, identified with the Ortega regime.
“It is a victory not only for Nicaragua, it is a victory that also has enormous meaning for the leftist forces and for the progressive governments of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he considered.
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