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Argentinean FM due in Iran

Argentinean Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa said in Madrid on Wednesday that he planned to visit Tehran for talks with Iranian officials, IRNA reported.

According to Argentinean news agency (Agencia TELAM), Iran's commercial attache in Buenos Aires met Bielsa at the Foreign Ministry last Friday in this regard.

The agency further reported the Argentinean minister is scheduled to meet his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi as well as President Mohammad Khatami.

Bielsa's visit to Iran was announced after Britain had rejected a request for Iran's former ambassador to Argentina, Hadi Soleimanpour to be extradited to face charges over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people were killed and 300 wounded.

The British government said it did not receive enough evidence to press on with the charges against Soleimanpour. Home Secretary, David Blunkett, finally put an end to the Soleimanpour case by writing to all parties that his government is not issuing an order of proceeding.

The solicitor representing Soleimanpour, told IRNA that Blunkett, in a letter, cancelled the original arrest warrant and decided not proceed with the case because of insufficient evidence.

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