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Bolivian president Evo Morales apologized to the Argentinean Jewish community on Friday for meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who visited Bolivia at the end of May, Argentine Jewish rights group DAIA said in a statement.
According to DAIA, “President Morales admitted his mistake and apologized,” for Vahidi’s visit to Bolivia, at a meeting in Buenos Aires with several officials from the organization.
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Vahidi is on Interpol’s list of suspects wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed, and over 300 were wounded.
Aldo Donzis, the president of DAIA, said Morales “admitted that he should not have received Vahidi” and that he “fully understood” the anger of the Jewish community over the incident.
“We’ve had the chance to tell Evo Morales how badly we felt after they had officially received him – more so because Vahidi is a fugitive of the Argentine Justice system,” Donzis said after the meeting.
The Iranian defense minister was forced to cut short his trip to Bolivia at the end of May when the Argentinean Foreign Ministry demanded that Interpol officials in the country arrest him.
Since he was traveling on a diplomatic passport, Bolivian officials instructed him to leave. Vahidi was allowed to return to Iran.