By: Mir M.Hosseini
Eight U.S. hostages were being held in Lebanon and the Reagan administration was struggling to get them back. On Aug, 19, 1989, Iran offered to assist the American government to get the prisoners back, but wanted the U.S. to help free Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon.
The Lebanon hostage crisis ended with European mediation and investment by Syria and Iran following the end of the Iran–Iraq War, and with promises to Hezbollah that it could remain armed following the end of the Lebanese Civil War and that France and US would not seek revenge against it.
Iranian officials had been kidnapped on July 5, 1982 by Christian militia Forces (AKA Phalangists) 40 km north of Beirut. The Iranians who have not been released to-date are Ahmad Motevasselian, Mohsen Mousavi, Kazem Akhaven and Taghi Rastegar Moghaddam. Their fate was never determined but they are presumably dead.