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Publish Date: 20:48 - 03 July 2020
Iran has called on the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as other international bodies to seriously pursue the case of four Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon about 40 years ago, saying they are being held in Israel.

Iran urges UN, ICRC to shed light on case of diplomats kidnapped in LebanonIn a statement on Friday, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again hailed cooperation and measures taken by the Lebanese government to determine the fate of the four Iranians and said the UN, the ICRC and other international bodies as well as Lebanese officials should fulfill their legal and humanitarian duty and make their utmost efforts to shed light on this issue.

It once again called on the ICRC to set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the fate of the missing Iranian nationals.

On July 4, 1982, the year Israel invaded Lebanon, Ahmad Motevasselian, Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam and Kazem Akhavan were kidnapped by a group of Israel-backed gunmen at an inspection post in northern Lebanon.

Iran says the diplomats were abducted by Phalange militiamen and handed over to Israel, but Tel Aviv says they were killed shortly after their abduction by the militant group.

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