Obama offers Argentina help in AMIA bombing probe

During his visit to Argentina, Obama offered the country help in pursuing the perpetrators of the 1994 Buenos Aires bombing.

Ben Ariel ,

Obama during his visit to Cuba
Obama during his visit to Cuba

During his visit to Argentina this week, U.S. President Barack Obama offered the country help in pursuing the perpetrators of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, JTA reports.

Obama, who spoke at a news conference Wednesday in Buenos Aires following his meeting with Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri, said he would visit a memorial to the bombing victims at the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

“I told President Macri that the United States offers whatever help we can to finally hold these attackers accountable,” Obama said at that press conference.

Argentina charges that the Hezbollah terror group carried out the attack under orders from Iran. Tehran's clerical regime denies the charges.

In early 2013, Argentina's congress approved, at the request of the executive branch, an agreement with Tehran to form a truth commission to investigate the bombing.

Leaders of Argentina's Jewish community, which at 300,000 people is the largest in Latin America, have criticized the accord and a year later, in 2014, an Argentine court declared the agreement to be unconstitutional.

The agreement with Iran was signed by former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, who has since been replaced by Macri. Macri's government, considered to be more pro-Israel than Kirchner's, has said it would not appeal the court's decision to strike down the accord with Iran.

Macri was expected to ask Obama during his visit to Argentina to declassify information held by American agencies about the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.

A federal judge in Argentina recently rejected a request to reopen an investigation into allegations by the late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, according to which former Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the AMIA bombing.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation into Nisman’s own mysterious death 14 months ago may be sent to a federal court, after a prosecutor confirmed that Nisman is believed to have been murdered.