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Iran renews call for forming intl. committee on abducted diplomats
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___tehrantimes.com_images_stories_famous_02_mt1.jpgTEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement renewed its proposal for establishment of an international fact-finding committee to pursue the fate of the four Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon in 1982.
 
The statement was issued on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the abduction of the diplomats.
 
The role played by the elements linked to the Zionist regime of Israel in abducting the diplomats and then transferring them to the occupied Palestine should be taken into serious consideration, the statement added.
 
The Zionist regime should bear the political and legal responsibility for the abductions, it said.
 
The statement also expressed gratitude over the efforts made by the Lebanese government and some international institutions, including the September 13, 2008, letter of the then Lebanese government to the UN secretary general, in pursuit of the case over the past years.
 
Four Iranian nationals, chargé d’affaires Mohsen Mousavi, military attaché 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 captured by a Phalangist militia while traveling to southern Lebanon in 1982, then handed over to the Zionist regime and transferred to a prison in the occupied Palestine. 
 
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