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Kidnapper of 4 Iranians in Lebanon condemns kidnapping of 48 pilgrims

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beirut, Aug 9, IRNA -- Inhumane nature of Syrian dissidents’ move in kidnapping 48 pilgrims is so evident that head of Lebanese Flange Party Samir Geagea, whose group kidnapped 4 Iranian diplomats here 30 years ago, condemned the move Wednesday.

According to the IRNA correspondent in Beirut, Geagea in a media comment Wednesday referring to the recent kidnapping of the 48 Iranian pilgrims in Syria, reiterated, “I am opposed to any type of kidnapping and hostage taking and consider this move in the framework of the ongoing war between the Syrian dissident forces on the one side and the supporters of Assad regime on the other side.”

The today Head of the Lebanese Forces Party, added, “Such operations are aimed at imposing political pressure against Iran so that that country would end supporting the Syrian government, or decrease its support for the Damascus regime, but they had thus far been unprecedented.”

Meanwhile referring to the weapons at Lebanese Hezbollah’s disposal, he said, “Holding negotiations with (the IRI Supreme National Security Council –SNSC Secretary) Sa’eid Jalili could have led to finding a real solution for us.”

The four Iranians kidnapped in Lebanon nearly three decades ago are alive and being held in Israel, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last year.

“Regarding the four abducted Iranian diplomats, there are documents (that show) they are alive and in the hands of the Zionist Regime,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by Iran’s Fars News Agency as telling the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his last annual visit New York to attend to 2011 UN General Assembly.

“It is therefore expected of the UN Secretary General would take serious measures for their release,” Ahmadinejad said.

During the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in 1982, three Iranian diplomats, Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevaselian and Taghi Rastegar Moghadam, along with an Iranian photographer, Kazem Akhavan, disappeared in Lebanon.

In June, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi said the four men are still alive and possibly imprisoned in Israeli jails. He urged the Lebanese government to seriously follow up on the issue.

The diplomats were last heard of in June 2008, when Hezbollah said it had received a report indicating that they were alive and held in the horrendous prisons of the illegitimate racist Zionist regime.

The Jewish state claims that the four diplomats were abducted by a Lebanese militant group and were killed shortly after their abduction

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80268187

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