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Forty years after Iranian diplomats were taken hostage by Zionist regime

Beirut, IRNA – Forty years ago four Iranian diplomats were taken hostage by the mercenaries of the Zionist regime in northern Lebanon, the perpetrators continue to keep silent and the case is still open.

Several Lebanese political, cultural and religious figures gathered in Imam Khomeini complex in Beirut on Tuesday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the abduction.

Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevasselian, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastegar were four Iranians who were abducted by the Zionist regime’s agents in Lebanon  while the country was repelling the Zionist’s invasion.

In addition to Iran's Ambassador in Beirut, some Lebanese figures gave speech in the ceremony, noting that it was known that the perpetrators were the Zionists.

They called on Lebanon’s judicial and diplomatic apparatuses to interrogate the accused people and clarify the fate of the hostages.

In the meantime, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, noting that Iran would continue its efforts to determine the fate of the hostages.

The statement said that the illegal act of the Zionist regime was a breach of all the rights enshrined in the Vienna Convention (1961) which ensures the rights and diplomatic immunity for all diplomats. 

Forty years ago in 1982, four Iranian diplomats – Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevasselian, Khzem Akhavan, and Taqi Rastegar – were kidnapped by the Zionist mercenaries in an area in Lebanon which were then under the occupation of the Zionist regime, the statement read.

It added that Iran has always held the Zionist regime and its allies responsible for the terrorist kidnap.

The statement regretted that despite all the relentless efforts by the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the readiness of the then UN secretary-general to probe into the case in 2008, the Zionist regime did not cooperate with the international community and the human rights bodies to help determine the fate of Iran's kidnapped diplomats.

It said that Iran expects all the human rights bodies and the United Nations to devise the necessary mechanisms to force the Zionist regime to do utmost cooperation in this regard and pave the way for the punishment of the perpetrators of this crime.

The statement also appreciated the efforts by the Lebanese government to help determine the fate of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats, urging the need for forming a fact-finding committee between the two countries which will act with the cooperation of international bodies.

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