President Peres to Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner: "The whole world knows that Iran is to blame for the terrorist attacks in Argentina… Who could agree to let nuclear weapons fall into the hands of a government which sponsors such murders?"

President Kirchner to President Peres: "We are determined to fight against terror and will continue to work towards the extradition of those who committed the terrorist attacks."

 President Peres meets with Argentine President Kirchner

 

Israel President Shimon Peres and his Argentine counterpart de Kirchner during a news conference in Buenos Aires (Photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

President Peres to Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner: "The whole world knows that Iran is to blame for the terrorist attacks in Argentina… Who could agree to let nuclear weapons fall into the hands of a government which sponsors such murders?"

President Kirchner to President Peres: "We are determined to fight against terror and will continue to work towards the extradition of those who committed the terrorist attacks."
 
Israeli President Shimon Peres began today his state visit of Argentina by attending a series of ceremonies and holding a work meeting with Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner. During the meeting President Peres and President Kirchner signed a communications agreement between the countries. The meeting was followed by a joint press conference.

In the course of the meeting, President Peres harshly condemned the President of Iran stating, "The world knows very well who stood behind the terrible attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina. The hands of the perpetrator are clear – they are the hands of Iran. We must pursue the threatening criminals behind this attack and demand their extradition." President Peres added, "Every person in Argentina, like every person in Israel, knows that if the same person responsible for murder, destruction, and terrorism now seeks nuclear weapons for gross annihilation, he represents a serious danger to global peace." The President stressed that "we will not forget Iran’s involvement in the two devastating terrorist attacks that occurred at the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The blood of 114 innocent lives and the permanent injuries of hundreds more scream to us from the Argentine ground. Who could agree to let nuclear weapons fall into the hands of a government which sponsors such murders? Who could believe them? Who could trust them?"

Argentine President Kirchner warmly welcomed President Peres and said that his visit lays a solid foundation for broadening the strategic cooperation between Israel and Argentina in business and politics. In response to a question during the press conferences about Argentina’s attitude towards the terrorist attacks President Kirchner said that Argentina issued an extradition order against the perpetrators. She added that Argentina is fighting an all-out war against terror and is determined to bring ever terrorist to trail.

Before the meeting President Peres laid a wreath at the memorial for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Israeli embassy. The President met with the bereaved families and survivors who with teary eyes asked the President to do all within his power to extradite the terrorists that killed their beloved. At the end of the meeting President Peres thanked President Kirchner for her warm reception and her desire to increase cooperation with Israel. President Peres invited President Kirchner to Jerusalem to participate in next year’s Israeli Presidential Conference, which will focus on those women leading us to the tomorrow. President Kirchner welcomed the invitation and said that it would be a great honor to come to Israel next year and participate as a speaker at the conference.