TEHRAN - The head of an influential committee in Iran’s Parliament said he believes the nominee for defense minister will be approved despite accusations he was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Argentina, the official IRNA news agency reported yesterday.
The backing of the foreign policy and national security committee raises the likelihood that General Ahmad Vahidi will be confirmed as defense chief in a vote in the full legislature, expected to be held Sept. 1.
His nomination last week by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad angered Argentina, which accuses him of playing a key role in the Buenos Aires bombing. The United States has also said Vahidi’s presence in the Cabinet would be disturbing.
The chairman of the parliamentary committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said the allegations “will not have any negative impact on the assessment’’ of the nominee.