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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to set up a joint international fact-finding committee to clarify the fate of the four Iranian diplomats abducted 30 years ago in Lebanon. With regard to the preparedness voiced by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the distinguished secretary general of the UN, on the part of the body for a more active role in this regard, I, once again, would like to call upon him to double [the] efforts and set up a joint international fact-finding committee to determine the fates of the Iranian diplomats, Salehi said Wednesday. He also called upon the secretary general of the International Red Cross to consider pieces of evidence indicating that the diplomats are alive and being held by Israel and take up the necessary measures in this regard. Undoubtedly, the report by the Zionist regime in 2008, concerning the Iranian diplomats has not reduced the fabricated regime’s responsibility, Salehi said, adding that the content of the report indicated Israel’s link with the perpetrators of the abduction in Lebanon. 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 post 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 still alive and in Israeli captivity. AR/GHN/MA