Zionists responsible for kidnapping Iranian diplomats in 1982: Foreign Office

In the statement issued on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said that the anniversary of the kidnapping of the four Iranian diplomats symbolizes the flagrant violation of all provisions of the Vienna Convention (1961) known as diplomatic rights and immunities. which are reserved for all diplomats. .

“Forty years ago, in 1982, four Iranian diplomats named Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevaselian, Kazem Akhavan and Taghi Rastegar Moghaddam were kidnapped by Zionist regime mercenaries in an area of ​​Lebanon that was under Israeli occupation at the time. “. said.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran still holds the Zionist regime and its supporters politically and legally responsible for the kidnapping and this act of terrorism. The Iranian Foreign Ministry made tireless efforts in this regard and pursued all legal avenues that prompted the then UN Secretary General to declare his readiness to cooperate in 2008, but unfortunately the international community and rights groups have not cooperated with Iran appropriately to find out what happened to Iranian diplomats. The Zionist regime, which is not bound by any international law or humanitarian law, has consistently shirk its responsibility in this regard amid international silence in the face of the regime’s crimes,” the statement added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran expects all human rights organizations and the United Nations to take the necessary measures using the appropriate mechanisms to force the Zionist regime to fully cooperate in determining the fate of the dear diplomats and to pave the way for the punishment of the perpetrators of the crime and the violators of diplomatic rights,” he added.

“While appreciating the efforts of the Lebanese Republic to determine the fate of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats, the Islamic Republic stresses the need for the formation of an investigative committee by both parties and in cooperation with international bodies,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. said.

“On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the kidnapping of the 4 Iranian diplomats by the mercenaries of the Zionist regime in Lebanon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commemorates the memory of these dear diplomats and sympathizes with their honorable families. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also hereby declares that it will continue its efforts to determine the fate of the kidnapped diplomats and is pursuing the case diligently,” the statement read.

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