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Saeed Abedini Overlooked in Iran Deal

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jul 15
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Pastor Saeed Abedini will not be released as part of the Iran deal that was finalized between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. Christian Today reports Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, is urging President Obama to reconsider the deal. 


"I plead with Congress to ensure that my husband, an American citizen, is not left behind," she said.


"With the announcement of a deal and yet silence as to the fate of Saeed and the other Americans held hostage in Iran, their fate lies now in the hands of Congress. I plead with each member of Congress to review the deal with our family at the forefront of their thoughts.”


She continued, "Congress holds the key to bringing my husband home, to returning the father to my children. My children have desperately missed the loving embrace of their father for the last three years of their lives. They have grown up almost half of their lives without their father. Please help us ensure the remainder of their childhood includes both a mother and a father."


Saeed Abedini was arrested in 2012 while visiting Iran to assist in the construction of a secular orphanage. He was imprisoned for his Christian faith and is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence. 



Publication date: July 15, 2015