Chilean President Demands Evidence from Argentine Minister on Hezbollah Presence

Chilean President Boric demands evidence from Argentina's Bullrich over claims of Hezbollah presence in Chile, rejecting the allegations and calling for cooperation in addressing security threats.

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Chilean President Demands Evidence from Argentine Minister on Hezbollah Presence

Chilean President Demands Evidence from Argentine Minister on Hezbollah Presence

Chilean President Gabriel Boric has demanded serious evidence from Argentine Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich regarding her claims of a Hezbollah presence in northern Chile, particularly in the city of Iquique. Boric stated that Bullrich must provide the evidence to the corresponding authorities and communicate it through the Foreign Ministry, as Chile does not protect any terrorist groups.

The Chilean Minister of the Interior, Carolina Tohá, also denied Bullrich's claims, stating that Chile's police and intelligence systems are alert and that there are no threats of attacks from Hezbollah in the country. Bullrich had previously stated in an interview that Hezbollah has been detected in Iquique, as well as on the triple border between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, and that Venezuela, an ally of Iran, also poses a 'very delicate situation' on the continent.

Boric has announced that he will send a note of protest to the Argentine government due to Bullrich's statements. He has called for Bullrich to provide concrete evidence to support her allegations and has said that Chile will send a protest note through the Foreign Ministry to reject her statements. The Bolivian government has also announced that it will summon the Argentine diplomatic representation to provide explanations about Bullrich's 'mistaken and unscrupulous' statements regarding the alleged presence of Iranian armed forces in Bolivia.

The Chilean government has rejected Bullrich's statements, with both Interior Minister Tohá and President Boric firmly denying these claims and stating that Chile's intelligence agencies have not detected any threats from Hezbollah. Boric has demanded that Bullrich provide serious evidence to support her allegations and has reiterated that Chile does not harbor any terrorist groups, either within its territory or outside of it.

The allegations made by the Argentine Minister of Security have raised concerns about the potential presence of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite group with ties to Iran, in the region. The Chilean government's strong response and demand for evidence highlight the importance of substantiating such claims and the need for cooperation between countries in addressing security threats.

President Boric has firmly rejected Bullrich's statements and has called for her to provide serious evidence to support her claims. He has emphasized that Chile does not protect any terrorist groups and that the country's intelligence agencies have not detected any threats from Hezbollah. The Chilean government has announced that it will send a note of protest to Argentina and has urged Bullrich to collaborate with the corresponding authorities and provide any evidence she may have.

Key Takeaways

  • Chilean President Boric demands evidence from Argentina on Hezbollah claims.
  • Chilean Interior Minister denies Hezbollah presence, says no security threats.
  • Boric to send protest note to Argentina over Bullrich's unsubstantiated statements.
  • Bolivia to summon Argentina over 'mistaken' claims of Iranian forces presence.
  • Allegations raise concerns, highlighting need for evidence and regional cooperation.