U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Calls on Iran to Release Pastor Saeed Abedini, Other Americans

Saeed Abedini
Saeed Abedini

The two year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Iran is next month. With it a new focus by the U.S. Government calling for his release and that of other Americans held there.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an impassioned plea for their release according to the American Center for Law and Justice.

“The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian to their families and work cooperatively with us to find Robert Levinson and bring him home,” Kerry said.

Secretary Kerry added that the United States is committed to seeing all of those imprisoned or detained in Iran returned to their families, friends and loved ones.

However, Kerry focused more on Pastor Saeed’s plight, “On September 26, Mr. Abedini will have been detained for two years in Iran, on charges related to his religious beliefs. Mrs. Abedini has spoken eloquently about the difficulties her family has faced during this challenging time.”

Kerry went on to say in his statement that the Iranian government should release Pastor Saeed immediately.

The ACLJ noted the tone of his statement is welcomed and different in that Kerry noted the “severe difficulty faced by Pastor Saeed’s family.”

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