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Israeli troops patrol near the northern border with Syria Israeli troops patrol near the northern border with Syria
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 02:12

Argentina has asked Russian Federation to arrest former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati for extradition in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who is due to meet President Vladimir Putin, also took a swipe at US President Donald Trump, saying his "unreliable" actions made Tehran's close ties with Moscow all the more necessary. As a result of the 2015 nuclear deal, a number of Western energy companies entered the Iranian energy sector.

Velayati is in Russian Federation as a special adviser to President Hassan Rouhani and will travel to China on Friday, so the same request has also been made to Chinese authorities, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Qassemi said after Trump's "strategic mistake" to exit the multilateral and global accord, Iran made a decision to dispatch a number of its special representatives" to other countries to "carry messages of high-ranking" Iranian officials about the country's viewpoints and stance on the "selfish" U.S. behavior which runs counter to worldwide regulations.

"In these messages, our country's views and stances regarding the United States' selfish and illegal behavior are explained to other countries", he said.

Russian Federation has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's key ally in the seven-year-long civil war.

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"He makes baseless and illogical remarks and nobody cares about his words", the Iranian official said.

The meeting comes at a significant time for Iran. However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States might consider requests from some countries to be exempted from sanctions.

Amir-Abollahian said Netanyahu was likely to ask for Putin's help to push Iran's military advisers out of Syria but added that this was an issue that could only be decided between Tehran and Damascus.

Facing revived sanctions from the United States and the possible knock-on collapse of its business dealings with Europe, Iran is looking to Russian Federation and China for investment and to purchase its oil. Israel is concerned that Iran is establishing a military presence in neighbouring Syria and it has attacked Iranian targets there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received the Iranian leader's top adviser hours after conferring with the Israeli prime minister about Iran's presence in Syria.