As the imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen, surpassed 1,000 days this week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) took to the Senate Floor to highlight his plight and that of three other Americans in Iran – U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and FBI official Robert Levinson.
Specifically referencing the upcoming deadline for a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, Senator Blunt urged the Obama Administration to “stop negotiations until some show of good faith to let these Americans go.” He questioned how the United States could “allow them to continue to hold these people” and still engage in talks with the Iranian regime.
Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), issued a similar call this week:
The Obama Administration has left Pastor Saeed on the sidelines of nuclear negotiations with Iran and in prison, waiting, praying, hoping, and continually trusting in Jesus Christ. But still he waits, for 1,000 days. Enough is enough…. The Administration is sitting across the table from Iran in the final days of the nuclear negotiations before the stated deadline in one week. Now is the time to bring him home.
NRB continues to urge the immediate release of Pastor Abedini and the other American captives.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 26, 2015