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Baquer Namazi is now in Abu Dhabi after leaving Iran for Muscat; he has been reunited with his family and will soon receive urgently needed medical treatment. A US citizen and a prominent former UN official, Baquer was wrongfully detained in 2016 and then barred from leaving Iran. He was cruelly detained while working to secure the release of his son Siamak Namazi, who has also been wrongfully detained in Iran for seven years.

Baquer has asked that we convey his deepest thanks to all those who worked so tirelessly to secure his release. I add my own gratitude to all the friends and partners who helped bring about his freedom. We especially thank the Sultanate of Oman, which cooperated with the Iranian authorities to arrange his escape from the country, and the United Arab Emirates, which generously hosted him and his family during his medical treatment. We look forward to his full recovery and to welcoming him home to the United States.

However, our work is far from finished. We remain committed to securing the freedom of all remaining wrongfully detained US citizens in Iran and around the world.

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