BEIRUT: Iran, Lebanon, and the United Nations will soon begin joint efforts to determine the fate of four Iranian nationals who have been held by Israel for 27 years, the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon announced in a statement on Monday.
Four Iranian nationals, charge d'affaires Mohsen Mousavi, military attache of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmad Motevasellian, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, a diplomat from the embassy, and Kazem Akhavan, a reporter and photographer from the Islamic Republic News Agency, were allegedly captured by the Lebanese Forces while traveling to southern Lebanon in 1982, then handed over to the Zionist regime and transferred to a prison in occupied Palestine.
The statement also criticized the "defendants of human rights and the international community for totally ignoring the issue," Hizbullah's Al-Manar television reported on Tuesday. The Iranian Embassy statement thanked Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for his efforts to obtain the release of the abducted men. At a ceremony held in Tehran on July 3 to mark the 27th anniversary of the kidnapping, Iranian National Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri Najafabadi called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to take measures to determine the fate of the four Iranian nationals, The Tehran Times reported on Tuesday. source
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