Pelosi Statement on Iran Releasing Five American Prisoners

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after it was announced that Iran has released American prisoners Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Nosratollah Khosravi and Matthew Trevithick:

“Iran’s release of the five Americans is overdue but joyous news.  Throughout these Americans’ long and unjust captivity, we have seen the abiding strength and courage of their families.  We join in heartfelt celebration as they are finally reunited with their loved ones.

“Their release has been a key priority of President Obama.  Today is a credit to the strong diplomacy of the Administration, which has consistently pressed to secure these Americans’ freedom.  I also congratulate Congressmen Dan Kildee and Jared Huffman, who were unwavering in their leadership to bring these Americans home.  Now, the United States will continue to press the Iranians to help locate and safely return missing American Bob Levinson.

“The United States has held a strong line by only releasing individuals convicted of violating sanctions on Iran as our part of the prisoner swap.  While we have no illusions about the Iranian regime, we have once again seen the value of the enhanced diplomatic relationship created through our historic nuclear agreement.”