Speaker Nabih Berri receives Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fateh Ali in Beirut, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
BEIRUT: Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali visited Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday with a delegation of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats’ families, asking for further effort in resolving their case.
“Commemorating the kidnapping incident of the four Iranian diplomats in Lebanon in 1982, we are conducting formal visits, with the diplomats' families, to the Lebanese political officials,” Fathali said after the meeting.
Four Iranian diplomats were allegedly stopped by the Lebanese Forces at a checkpoint in 1982, as the Israeli invasion of Lebanon was underway. None of the four have been seen since, and it has been rumored that they were turned over to Israel.
“His excellency promised to put in his best efforts following the matter,” Fathali said, referring to Berri, “and that he will work on the case with utmost seriousness.”
According to the Fathali, the diplomats’ families explained to Berri the legal framework in which the case has been followed, calling on the Lebanese government to “dedicate more efforts.”
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