Iranian President Wants to Expand Ties in Latin America

New Iranian President Hassan Rohani wants to broaden relations with Latin America, “especially with Cuba.” He met with Cuban Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas and labeled the economic ties between their respective countries as “important,” as Cabrisas attended Rohani’s inauguration in Tehran on Sunday.

The sixty-four-year-old, Shiite cleric, in his inaugural address, spoke of plans to seek “practical” relations with the United States and the international community as a whole. “Transparency is the key to open the doors of trust” with other nations, Rohani said.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has resolved to review its evaluation of Iranian infrastructure and influence in Latin America, The Daily Beast reported. This follows a lengthy report last May by Alberto Nisman, a prominent Argentinian prosecutor, on Iran’s Latin America strategy.

Nisman wrote: “For the first time in the Argentine and world judicial history, it has been gathered and substantiated in a judicial file, evidence that proved the steps taken by a terrorist regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to infiltrate, for decades, large regions of Latin America, through the establishment of clandestine intelligence stations and operative agents which are used to execute terrorist attacks.”

Sources: Latin American Herald Tribune. Read More »; The Daily Beast. Read More »

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