Roknabadi: 4 Kidnapped Iranian Diplomats Alive in Israeli Jailsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Iran’s ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi said on Thursday that four Iranian diplomats, seized in 1982 by a Christian militia in Lebanon, are still alive and being held in Israel.
“We believe that they are alive in Israeli jails. That’s why we have asked the Lebanese government to seriously follow-up the issue,” Roknabadi said following talks with Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour.
Israel at the time was carrying out a major military operation in Lebanon when the three diplomats -- Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevaselian and Taghi Rastegar Moghadam -- disappeared, along with Kazem Akhaven, a photographer with Iran's official IRNA news agency.
On Wednesday, Roknabadi called on U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to respond to Tehran's demand for a U.N. probe into the fate of the four diplomats.
The issue was raised during a meeting with the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams in Beirut on the occasion of the anniversary of the abduction of the four men.