(Daily Caller) After two years of trying to schedule a meeting, the wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran finally met with President Obama on Wednesday.
Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned since 2012 for “crimes against the national security of Iran” — that is, for setting up a network of evangelical house churches. His wife Naghmeh, a native-born U.S. citizen, has appeared repeatedly before Congress demanding greater accountability for his release.
The White House confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that Obama will meet with Naghmeh Abedini while visiting Boise on Wednesday. Press representatives declined to provide further information, though in a Twitter Q&A, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes wrote that “We don’t want cases of detained Americans linked to nuke negotiations – Iran should release them unconditionally.”
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