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Argentina: Pompeo announces sanctions on Hezbollah operative over AMIA bombing

0 19.07.2019 Инфо

W/S US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving in 'Western hemispheric anti-terrorism summit', Buenos Aires
M/S Pompeo shaking hands with delegate
W/S Conference
M/S Pompeo taking podium
M/S Delegations
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "I said at this morning's memorial that the US was re-committing to the cause of justice for those killed in the AMIA [Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina] bombing and I mean it. Today I am announcing two actions against a top Hezbollah Operative for his role in the attack. Salman Raouf Salman served as the underground coordinator for the AMIA bombing and remains a wanted man who continues plotting terrorism on behalf of Hezbollah. The State Department Rewards for Justice program is offering up to $7 million for information leading to his identification or his arrest. And the United States Department of Treasury is also designating Salman as a especially-designated global terrorist, which denies him access to the United States' financial system. More broadly, the Trump administration has intensified US action against Iran and its terrorist proxies worldwide."
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SOT, Jorge Faurie, Foreign Minister of Argentina (Spanish) : "This [San Martin] palace is only 200 metres from the headquarters of the Israeli Embassy and the attack in 1992 even moved the foundations of this house. That day Argentina woke up to terrorism, for a reality as raw as was the AMIA in 1994 and in New York, with the Twin Towers attack in 2001. But if we turn this table around, each of our countries could point out an episode of violence, an attack that unjustly took the lives away of your compatriots."
W/S Conference
SCRIPT
Washington has hit an alleged Hezbollah operative Salman Raouf Salman with sanctions over his alleged role in the AMIA bombing, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced during his opening remarks in the 'Western hemispheric anti-terrorism summit' in Buenos Aires on Friday.
"The State Department Rewards for Justice program is offering up to $7 million for information leading to his identification or his arrest," said Pompeo who said Salman had served as the coordinator for Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) bombing.
Argentinian Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie touched upon another attack, the 1992 attack on Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires saying, "That day Argentina woke up to terrorism, for a reality as raw as was the AMIA in 1994."
Earlier on Friday morning, Pompeo visited the re-built AMIA centre paying tribute to the victims a day after the 25th anniversary of the 1994 attack.
The bombing of the Jewish Community Centre represents the worst terrorist act in Argentina's history, with 85 fatalities and more than 300 people injured.