Sunday, September 6, 2009

Better relations with Iran?

"Iranian lawmakers yesterday unanimously backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s choice of defence minister, Ahmad Vahidi, who faces an arrest warrant from Argentina over a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. Dressed in military uniform, Vahidi addressed the Iranian parliament and outlined his four-year plan ahead of a vote of confidence by parliament on the 21-member cabinet line-up today. Vahidi faced no opposition in the parliament as he elaborated his plans for the ministry, which include "building innovative defence products and expansion of regional and international co-operation with an active defence diplomacy." Argentina accuses Vahidi of being involved in the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community centre that killed 85 people. In 2007, Interpol formally distributed an Argentine arrest warrant for Vahidi to its 187 member countries. Argentina has expressed outrage over Iran's nomination of Vahidi and has urged that he be arrested."

Why do we want better relations with Iran?

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