Iran ambassador calls for international pressure on Israel regime to release Iranian diplomats

Beirut, July 4, IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali said on Monday that four Iranian diplomats have been kidnapped by Israeli proxy militia in Lebanon in 1982 and are kept in Israeli prisons, calling for international pressure on Israel to release them.

The ambassador made the remarks in solidarity ceremony with families of the four kidnapped diplomats in Lebanon.

The ceremony was held at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut and in presence of the Lebanese, Palestinian religious, political and social leaders as well as families of the kidnapped diplomats.

Iran’s charge d’ affaires in Lebanon Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevaslian, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam were kidnapped in a checkpoint on the route of Tripoli to Beirut 34 years ago.

Fathali said that Iran requests the UN secretary general, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other human rights organizations to discharge their legal duty and put pressure on the Zionist regime to release kidnapped Iranian diplomats.

He recalled Iran’s former proposal to form an international fact finding committee to hold inquiry about the kidnapping.

The ambassador appreciated all those following up the case, especially Chairman of Lebanon parliament human rights committee Michel Mussa, the diplomats families as well as Lebanese media for their solidarity with the families of the diplomats.