Govt. determined to obtain release of Iranian diplomats: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, July 12 (MNA) – President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the government will spare no effort to obtain the release of three the Iranian diplomats and one correspondent held by the Zionist regime for 26 years.

“I assure the patient and strong families of the four detainees that the government will make every effort to obtain information about their situation and to facilitate their release,” Ahmadinejad said in a message to a ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the Iranian nationals’ abduction.

 

The four Iranian nationals, charge d’affaires Mohsen Musavi, 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 (IRNA), were captured by Phalangist militia allied to the Zionist regime while traveling to southern Lebanon in 1982 and then transferred to a prison in occupied Palestine.

 

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanon’s most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, have also called for the release of the Iranian prisoners.

 

Nasrallah earlier said, “Hezbollah is negotiating with Israel for the release of four Iranian nationals held under a deal reached by the two sides.”

 

The issue of the detained Iranian nationals is “on the agenda of negotiations because we believe they were kidnapped by Lebanese forces (the mercenary Phalangists loyal to Israel) and were handed over to Israel in 1982,” Nasrallah stated.

 

BA/PA

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