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News > Lebanon will pursue abducted Iranian diplomats case at UN

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Iranian diplomats still alive in Israeli jail

Lebanon will pursue abducted Iranian diplomats case at UN

The Iranian Embassy in Lebanon marks the 31st anniversary of the abduction of four Iranian diplomats - Ahmad Motevaselian, Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, and Kazem Akhavan. They were abducted on July the 4th, 1982 - amid the Lebanese civil war - by Israeli-affiliated militias. Headed by Samir Gaegae, the militias stopped their car on the way to Beirut at the Al-Barbara checkpoint in Northern Lebanon. The militias were known for their close ties with Israel.


Beirut says it will pursue through the United Nations the fate of four Iranian diplomats still missing after being kidnapped over three decades ago in Lebanon.

“I will on this very day ask Lebanon’s permanent representative at the United Nations to inquire about the latest investigations into this case by the UN and its Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon],” Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said at a meeting with the families of the abducted Iranian diplomats on Thursday.

Mansour said Beirut had sent the United Nations two formal letters in the past two years confirming the abduction of the Iranian nationals on the Lebanese soil and these have been recorded as official documents at the UN Secretariat.

He added that the Lebanese Justice Ministry has been asked to submit a report on the latest investigations conducted into the case, vowing not to spare any effort at both national and international levels to resolve this “painful issue.”

During the meeting, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi and Maryam Mojtahedzadeh, an advisor to the outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, praised Lebanons efforts to shed light on the fate of the four diplomats.

They called for continued pursuit of the case by the Lebanese government and the UN and other concerned international organizations, expressing hope that close cooperation between Tehran and Beirut will help to bring the kidnapped Iranians back home.

“We expect the Lebanese government to play a constructive role in determining the fate of our loved ones and ... prepare the way through negotiations with the UN and other international bodies to mount pressure on the Zionist regime [of Israel] more than before,” said Mojtahedzadeh, wife to one of the missing diplomats.

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