- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The wife of an American pastor held prisoner in Iran says President Barack Obama will meet with her during his short visit to Idaho on Wednesday.

The Idaho Statesman (https://bit.ly/1xTIYRc ) reports Naghmeh Abedini received confirmation Tuesday that Obama agreed to meet with her and her two young children. Abedini recently had written an open letter to the president requesting a face-to-face meeting.

Abedini declined to reveal any other details about the meeting.

Christian pastor Saeed Abedini has been in Iranian custody since September 2012. He was given an eight-year sentence in 2013 for what was termed undermining state security when he attempted to build a church network in private homes.

The 34-year-old man is of Iranian origin but had been living in Boise.


Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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