Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNN reporter Jim Sciutto had a rare one-on-one with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. About a minute and a half into the interview (link below) it turned to the two Americans held in Iranian prisons today on what is often referred to as “wrongful charges.’ The fact that Iran is willing to talk about the prisoner issue on camera, and furthermore about ‘clemency’ is certainly a positive development. We must conclude that Secretary Kerry and his negotiating team on Iran must be pursuing this angle with greater vigor.
Here is the CNN video link: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/01/24/sot-atw-jim-sciutto-iran-friday.cnn.html
Additionally, on Tuesday evening, news was made by U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI). He is the Representative in the Hekmati’s home district near Detroit. Kildee has been very active and supportive of Amir and his family from the beginning of their crisis which began over 2 years ago! Rep. Kildee made speeches prior to the State of the Union (SOTU) and wrote the President asking him to include remarks regarding Amir’s release in the SOTU address.
(Click on images to enlarge)
While the speech did not contain remarks naming any of the three hostages held in Iran today, Rep. Kildee was seen cajoling with the President following the speech as he left the House Chambers. It was learned too that Rep. Kildee met with President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Samantha Power to discuss the status of appeals for Amir’s release.
Freeallthree.com is as hopeful and excited as anyone because of these developments. But we wants to express encouragement again that the secret talks for these two men are inclusive of Bob Levinson. His case is admittedly different, but this is the time for both Iran and the U.S. Government to come clean and end the ordeal of the Levinson family – and especially of Mr. Levinson himself. The latter will have been held in Iran seven full years as of March, 2014. We hold out hope and pray that perhaps this milestone will not be realized!