Iran, Lebanon discuss missing diplomats
Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has promised to help clarify the fate of four Iranian diplomats who were abducted 29 years ago in Lebanon, PRESS TV reported.
"I will try to find a way to resolve and finalize this case through Lebanon's internal channels and also international authorities," Mansour said in a meeting with Maryam Mojtahedzadeh, an advisor to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Wednesday.
Mojtahedzadeh -- who is also the wife of one the abducted diplomats, Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi -- called on Lebanon's Foreign Ministry to play an "effective role" in determining the fate of the diplomats.
She urged Lebanon to "provide grounds to mount pressure on the Zionist Regime [of Israel] through holding talks with the UN... to hold this regime accountable for the fate of the Iranian diplomats."
On July 4, 1982, four Iranian diplomats, Ahmad Motevaselian, Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam and Kazem Akhavan were kidnapped by a group of Israel-backed gunmen at an inspection point in northern Lebanon.
They were last heard of on June 2008, when the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement received a report indicating that the diplomats were alive and held captive by Israel.
Israel claims that the four diplomats were abducted by the Lebanese Forces group, and were killed shortly after their abduction.