Mark Toner on United States Citizens Detained in Iran


Office of the Spokesperson


April 27, 2017

United States Citizens Detained in Iran

On the sidelines of the April 25 meeting in Vienna of the Joint Commission overseeing implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the U.S. delegation raised with the Iranian delegation its serious concerns regarding the cases of U.S. citizens detained and missing in Iran, and called on Iran to immediately release these U.S. citizens so they can be reunited with their families.

According to reports, U.S. citizen Siamak Namazi has been unjustly detained in Iran since October 2015, and his 81-year old father, U.S. citizen Baquer Namazi, has been unjustly detained in Iran since February 2016.  The United States is deeply concerned about reports of their declining health and well-being in detention.  The United States urges Iran to immediately release Siamak and Baquer on humanitarian grounds.

It has also been more than a decade since Robert Levinson disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island.  Iran committed to cooperating with the United States in bringing Bob home and we call on Iran to fulfill this commitment.  The United States remains unwavering in its efforts to return Bob to his family.