Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the four Iranian diplomats abducted 29 years ago in Lebanon are alive and still held captive by the Israeli regime, PressTV reported.
"Regarding the four abducted diplomats of our country, there are documents [that show] they are alive and in the hands of the Zionist Regime (Israel)," said President Ahmadinejad in a Saturday meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York.
"It is therefore expected of the UN general secretary to take serious measures for their release," Fars News Agency quoted the Iranian president as saying.
Four Iranian staff of Tehran's embassy in Lebanon , chargé d'affaires Mohsen Mousavi, military attaché Ahmad Motevasellian, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, an embassy employee, and former IRNA reporter-photographer Kazem Akhavan were kidnapped by gunmen at an inspection point in northern Lebanon in 1982.
They were last heard of in June 2008, when the Lebanese Hezbollah Movement received a report indicating that the diplomats were alive and held captive by Israel.